The Sri Lankan government has ordered an inquiry into the matter & a special Police investigation unit recorded Mahndananda Aluthgamage’s statement on Wednesday about the 2011 World Cup Final fixing allegation.
After emphasizing that the 2011 World Cup final was sold by certain political parties in Sri Lanka to India, the island nation’s former sports minister Aluthgamage has now termed his claim as a ‘suspicion’ that he wants it to be investigated. The Sri Lankan government has ordered an inquiry into the matter & a special Police investigation unit has recorded Aluthgamage’s statement on Wednesday. He told the Police team that he was just suspicious about the fixing. “I want my suspicion investigated,” Aluthgamage told reporters. “I gave to the Police, a copy of the complaint I lodged with the International Cricket Council (ICC) on 30 October 2011 regarding the said allegation as then Sports Minister,” he said.
Aluthgamage has alleged in an interview that the country has “sold” the final game to India a claim which was dismissed by former captain of Sri Lankan team Kumar Sangakkara & Mahela Jayawardene who also said to produce the evidence for the allegation. “Today I am telling you that we sold the 2011 world cup, I said this when I was the sports minister,” Aluthgamage, who was the sports minister at the time, had stated. Sangakkara, the captain of Sri Lanka at that time, asked him to produce evidence for an anti-corruption probe.
“He needs to take his ‘evidence’ to the ICC and the Anti-corruption and Security Unit so the claims can be investigated thoroughly,” Sangakkara tweeted. Jayawardene who was also a former captain of Sri Lanka scored a century in that game dismissed all the charges. “Is the elections around the corner…like the circus has started…names and evidence?” he asked in a tweet.
Aluthgamage said that in his opinion no players were involved in fixing the result, “but certain parties were.” Both Aluthgamage & the then President Mahinda Rajapaksa were among the invitees at the World Cup Final played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Aravinda de Silva who was the chairman of selectors during World Cup 2011 has appealed to the BCCI to conduct its own investigation. De Silva has said he is willing to travel to India to take part in such an investigation despite the current COVID-19 threat.