New Delhi: The extreme happiness of lifting the 2011 WC still rushes inside every Indian, but looks things have taken an ugly turn. Mahindananda Aluthgamage, who was then Sports Minister of Sri Lanka told Sirasa TV today that SriLanka ‘sold’ the 2011 WC final. He reviewed one of the most shocking cricket controversies and became the 2nd person to allege this after Arjuna Ranatunga. Ranatunga was the Sri Lankan skipper of 1996 WC winning squad.
Aluthgamage said he “did not want to disclose” things at that time but feels he can do it now. Sri Lankan team has been the part of several controversies including match fixing during 2018 test against England. Their cricket board also said that ICC is investigating their 3 unnamed players under corruption charges.
What Aluthgamage said about Sri Lanka
“I tell you today that we sold the 2011 World Cup finals.”
“In 2011, we were to win, but we sold the match. I feel I can talk about it now. I am not connecting players, but some sections were involved.”
“When we lost, I was distressed and I had a doubt,” he stated in 2017 July. “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,” he added and said players can’t hide the ‘dirt’.
Sri Lanka batted first and put 274-6 on board. Sri Lanka was in dominating position till the time India was suffering the loss of top order in quick span. Kumar Sangakkara led Sri Lanka couldn’t bowl and field in the required manner and that led to India’s victory by 6 wickets. Harin Fernando, another former Sports Minister of Sri Lanka stated, ICC considered Sri Lanka, ‘one of world’s most corrupt nations’.
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