Updated: June 18, 2020 5:33:36 pm
Mahindananda Aluthgamage, who had been Sri Lanka’s Sports Minister in 2011, when India won the ODI World Cup, has claimed that the final of the match – wherein India beat Sri Lanka with 10 balls to spare – had been ‘fixed’ by ‘certain groups’.
“The 2011 final was fixed. I state it with responsibility and I can come forward for a debate… I would not involve the cricketers in this. However, certain groups were definitely involved in fixing the game,” he informed News 1st on Thursday.
“I stand by what I say. It took place when I was the Minister of Sports…I do not wish to expose details for the sake of the country. The game against India in 2011, a game we could have won, was fixed,” he mentioned.
Reacting to the declare, Mahela Jayawardene, who had scored an unbeaten 103 for Sri Lanka within the final, mentioned that ‘elections must be around the corner’.
He requested for proof to again up the ex-minister’s allegation.
— Mahela Jayawardena (@MahelaJay) June 18, 2020
Later within the day, Kumar Sangakkara, who had been the Sri Lanka captain within the World Cup, however resigned quickly after, mentioned the politician should present proof to the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit as a result of he has made very severe allegations.
“Then no one needs to speculate and can get to the bottom of this. That should be the most prudent course of action,” Sangakkara informed News 1st.
In 2017, former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga, who had been on the Wankhede as a commentator through the 2011 final, had additionally mentioned that he had ‘doubts’ over the final and that he wished an investigation into the outcome.
India gamers Gautam Gambhir and Ashish Nehra had rubbished Ranatunga’s claims then.
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