Former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene Thursday responded to country’s former Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage’s claim that 2011 World Cup Final was fixed.
“Is the elections around the corner Looks like the circus has started names and evidence? #SLpolitics #ICC” Mahela tweeted.
Commentator Roshan Abeysinghe has also demanded probe on Mahindananda’s 2011 WC final fixing claim.
“This is shocking as it involves legends of the game in @KumarSanga2 ,@MahelaJay , Dilshan, Murali, etc who played in that game. Authorities should investigate this claim for the sake of the reputation of these greats.The former Minster should be told to back his claims with proof” Abeysinghe wrote on his twitter handle.
In an explosive revelation, Aluthgamage yesterday said that 2011 World Cup Final between India and Sri Lanka was fixed.
The Former Minister, in an interview with Sri Lanka news channel News 1st, said he makes the claim with absolute responsibility and does not wish to expose further details for the sake of the country.
“Today, I am saying with responsibility that Sri Lanka sold the 2011 final to India. I said this during my days as Sports Minister as well. There are evidence also to prove this, but for the sake of the country, I will not expose those evidence” Aluthgamage said.
Sri Lanka, batting first, scored 274-6 off 50 overs and appeared in a commanding position when Indian superstar Sachin Tendulkar was caught for 18. India turned the game dramatically thanks partly to poor fielding and bowling by Sri Lanka. Then Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara resigned soon after the match.
Local media have raised suspicions of Sri Lankans throwing the match, but there was no formal call for an investigation till date.
“I can debate about it that it was sold for money. I can tell more about it, because many people want to know the truth. i am not pointing fingers at certain players, but many parties were behind this fixing” he added.
Over the years, cricket fans have also raised their opinion on Sri Lanka’s dramatic defeat, pointing out that the following year some players secured lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) deals.