Cricket World Cup 2011 Final was Fixed, Claims Sri-Lankan Minister
Sri Lanka “sold” the 2011 World Cup final match to India, the country’s ex-sports minister announced Thursday, recalling one of cricket’s most significant match-fixing controversies.
Mahindananda Aluthgamage, the sports minister at the time, is the second superior person to claim the final was fixed. “I inform you today that we sold the 2011 World Cup finals,” Aluthgamage described Sirasa TV.
Aluthgamage, sports minister from 2010 to 2015, and now state minister for renewable energy and power stated he “did not want to reveal” the events at the time.
“I believe I can discuss it now. I am not relating athletes, but some divisions were included,” he stated.
India defeated Sri Lanka at Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium by six wickets. Indian cricketers have vehemently refused any of this. Ranatunga, who was at the stadium as a commentator, has earlier asked for an inquiry into the loss.
“When we defeated, I was worried, and I had a suspicion,” he stated in July 2017. “I cannot disclose everything now, but one day I will. There must be an examination,” continued Ranatunga, who stated athletes could not cover the “dirt.”
Sri Lanka batted first and marked 274-6 off 50 overs. They developed as a commanding attitude when Indian superstar Sachin Tendulkar was gone for 18 runs. But India shifted the match dramatically, partially because of poor fielding and bowling by Sri Lanka, who were headed by Kumar Sangakkara.
Sangakkara called on Aluthgamage to share his allegations with the International Cricket Council, the worldwide administration. “He (the minister) must get his ‘proof’ to the ICC and the Anti-corruption and Security Unit; therefore, the claims will be reviewed thoroughly,” Sangakkara tweeted Thursday.
Sri Lankan cricket has regularly been involved in corruption controversies, including claims of match-fixing before a 2018 Test against England. Beginning this month, the Sri Lankan cricket committee declared the International Cricket Council was reviewing three unnamed players over alleged extortion.
Sri Lanka introduced severe penalties for match-fixing and tightened sports betting restrictions in November during a bid to kill graft.
Former Sri Lankan fast bowler Dilhara Lokuhettige was suspended in 2018 for corruption concerning a limited-overs league. He was the third Sri Lankan indicted under the ICC anti-corruption code, heeding former captain and ex-chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya, and former paceman Nuwan Zoysa.
Jayasuriya was found guilty of failing to cooperate with a match-fixing probe and banned for two years. Zoysa was suspended for match-fixing.