Kumar Sangakkara & Mahela Jayawardene denied the claim by former sports minister who had said that Sri Lanka sold the 2011 World Cup Final.
Sri Lanka’s former Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage has claimed that his country “sold” the 2011 World Cup Final to India, however, this claim got dismissed by Former Captains Kumar Sangakkara & Mahela Jayawardene who demanded evidence for his claim. In an interview with a local channel ‘Sirasa’, Aluthgamage said that the final was fixed.
The target was set on 275 where India claimed the trophy thanks to the brilliant performance of Gautam Gambhir & Captain MS Dhoni. “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, said.
“As a country, I do not want to announce this. I can’t exactly remember if it was 2011 or 2012. But we were to win that game,” added Aluthgamage the politician, who was the state minister of power in the current caretaker government which is in charge until the election to be held on 5 August said.
“I am telling you with responsibility I felt that the match was fixed. I can debate this, I know people were concerned about this.” Sangakkara was the captain at that time he asked the minister 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,” he tweeted. Jayawardene who scored a century in that game dismissed all the claims. “Is the elections around the corner…like the circus has started…names and evidence?” he asked in a tweet.
Aluthgamage clearly stated that in his opinion no players were involved in match-fixing “but certain parties were involved”. Aluthgamage had said that the game was fixed. Both Aluthgamage & then President Mahinda Rajapaksa were among the people who were invited to witness the final match being played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.