Former Sports Minister of Sri Lanka Mahindananda Aluthgamage has claimed that the senior cricket group intentionally misplaced the final of the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup towards India. On April 2, 2011, India beat Sri Lanka by six wickets, after efficiently chasing down 275 with MS Dhoni sealing the World Cup title with a six.
Aluthgamage, who was Sri Lanka’s sports activities minister from 2010 to 2015, and is now serving because the state minister for renewable power and energy, stated he “did not want to disclose” the plot on the time.
“The 2011 Cricket World Cup final was fixed. I stand by what I say. It took place when I was the minister of sports,” Aluthgamage instructed newsfirst.lk. “However, I do not wish to expose details for the sake of the country. The game against India in 2011, the game we could have won, was fixed. I say this with a responsibility and I can come forward for a debate. The people are concerned about it. I would not involve the cricketers in this.”
It was Sri Lanka’s second consecutive World Cup final loss, having gone all the way down to Australia within the West Indies 4 years in the past. Kumar Sangakkara, who was the captain of the aspect within the 2011 version, feels it’s higher to get all the way down to the underside of the matter relatively than making such allegations. Players from each models had earlier dismissed claims associated to fixing.
“It’s a very serious allegation,” Sangakkara instructed the Associated Press. “Since he says he has evidence and proof, the prudent thing to do is to go to the Anti-Corruption Unit of the ICC and put forth his claims so they can investigate them thoroughly and come to a conclusion whether what the former minister says is true or not.”
Aluthgamage is the second individual to allege that the final was fastened, after Sri Lanka’s World Cup successful captain Arjuna Ranatunga felt the identical in 2017 and demanded an investigation into the match. Mahela Jayawardene had scored a superb century for Sri Lanka to information them to 275, and India in reply had been diminished to three/31 earlier than Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir acquired the chase again on monitor. Gambhir and MS Dhoni then added 109 runs for fourth wicket and powered the chase.
“I was also in India giving commentaries at the time. When we lost, I was distressed and I had a doubt,” Ranatunga had stated in 2017. “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.”