Sri Lanka government has ordered a criminal probe into the allegations of the 2011 World Cup Final being fixed.
The secretary to the sports ministry, KDS Ruwanchandra told AFP that “A criminal investigation has begun,”.
Sri Lanka’s Sports Ministry Secretary had launched an investigation on the claims of the 2011 World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka being fixed.
The move has come after Mahindananda Aluthgamage, who was sports minister of Sri Lanka from 2010 to 2015 claimed that the final matches between Indian and Sri Lanka was “fixed” 2011 World Cup.
Aluthgamage has said, “The 2011 final was fixed. I stand by what I say. It took place when I was the Minister of Sports.”
He further added, “I state with full responsibility. However, I do not wish to expose details for the sake of the country. The game against India in 2011, a game which we could have won, was fixed.”
“I state it with responsibility and I can come forward for a debate. The people are concerned about it. I would not involve the cricketers in this. However, certain groups were definitely involved in fixing the game.”
This was earlier claimed by former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga in 2017. “When we lost, I was distressed and I had a doubt. We must investigate what happened to Sri Lanka at the 2011 World Cup final. I cannot reveal everything now, but one day I will. There must be an inquiry.”
Kumar Sangakkara was the captain of Sri Lanka’s side in the match and Mahela Jayawardene hit a century in the very important match against India at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. Indians chased down 275 runs and won the match by six wickets to finally win World Cup after 28 years.
Both of them have ridiculed the claims by Aluthgamage and have taken to Twitter-
— Mahela Jayawardena (@MahelaJay) June 18, 2020
He needs to take his “evidence” to the ICC and the Anti corruption and Security Unit so the claims can be investigated throughly https://t.co/51w2J5Jtpc
— Kumar Sangakkara (@KumarSanga2) June 18, 2020