Earlier this month, a piece of news shocked everyone involving the 2011 World Cup final. Former Sri Lanka sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage claimed that the final was fixed. In an interview, the then sports minister of Sri Lanka stated that a certain group was involved in the fixing of the world cup final.
Aluthgamage although did not reveal any evidence with his statements but took full responsibility. Now officially, a full-fledged criminal report has been ordered by Sri Lanka into the allegations of the world cup final being ‘sold’.
Sri Lanka launches probes on 2011 World Cup final
A criminal investigation has begun. It is handled by the (police) independent Special Investigation Unit on sports-related offences”, K.D.S. Ruwanchandra, the secretary to the sports ministry, was quoted as saying by AFP.
“2011 final was fixed. I stand by what I say. It took place when I was the Minister of Sports. 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”, said Mahindananda Aluthgamage to news outlet News 1st.
He further added, “I state it with responsibility and I can come forward for 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”.
Meanwhile, former Sri Lanka greats Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena also reacted strongly after the controversial news broke out. The duo who was part of the final demanded proof to justify the allegations of the final being fixed.
India defeated Sri Lanka in the final after the men in blue successfully chased down the target of 275 runs. MS Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir were the heroes as the former India skipper finished the proceedings with a six over long-on at the Wankhede Stadium.