A few weeks ago former Sri Lanka sports minister had raised doubts regarding the 2011 world cup final. Mahindananda Aluthgamage claimed that the final was ‘Fixed’ between India and Sri Lanka. Aluthgamage made a shocking statement that certain parties sold the final.
Following this news, the Special Investigation Division Police of Sri Lanka did an enquiry in which they found no evidence. Former legendary Sri Lankan players Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Aravinda de Silva were all interrogated by the police for almost 10 hours. This led to huge protests outside the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) office on Thursday.
2011 World Cup not fixed
“We will be sending a report to the Secretary, Ministry of Sports who directed us. We have concluded the investigation following an internal discussion held today”, said Jagath Fonseka, police superintendent Fonseka, in charge of the special investigation unit on prevention of offences relating to sports, to reporters.
He added, “We see no reason why players must be further questioned”.
Fonseka along with his investigation unit questioned Aravinda De Silva, Kumar Sangakkara and Jayawardena. They also interrogated the then chairman of selectors and opening batsman Upul Tharanga. Jagath Fonseka was content with the answers given by all the cricketers regarding the sudden changes in the team for the 2011 World Cup final.
We felt that summoning all players to give statement would create an unnecessary uproar,” Fonseka said. He also added that despite Aluthgamage’s claims the ICC hadn’t pursued the matter.
The former Sports Minister of Sri Lanka has faced a lot of criticism for what he stated after 9 years of the world cup final. Aluthgamage revealed that the final was ‘sold’. However, he did not provide any evidence but took full responsibility for his allegations.