The International Cricket Council (ICC) has decided to step up and probe former Sri Lanka Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage’s comments of the 2011 World Cup final being fixed. The Indian fans would forever remember the date as their national team laid their hands on the World Cup Trophy after 28 years. Nevertheless, Aluthgamage’s statement left everyone shell-shocked.
Mahindananda Aluthgamage refused to provide any evidence and reveal the names of cricketers involved in the wrongful act. Kumar Sangakkara, who served as the captain during the clash and Mahela Jayawardene, who scored a classy century, reacted by calling his comments “Circus”. Former chief selector Arvinda de Silva also called for ICC and BCCI to look into the matter seriously.
Mahindananda Aluthgamage was firm in his statement when he said certain groups had involvement in fixing the high-profile encounter. He stated that last-minute changes took place in the playing eleven without him, who served as the Minister back then or the Sri Lanka Cricket Board. Without their consent, four new players made it to the outfit.
“I would not involve the cricketers in this. However, certain groups were definitely involved in fixing the game. The team who played the final match was not the team we had selected, finalized and sent off. At the last moment, without the consultation of either me as the then minister of Sports or officials of the Sri Lanka Cricket Control Board, four new players had been included to the team.”
ICC willing to look into the matter:
An official of the apex cricketing body stated that their authorities would talk to the former Sports Minister to see if there are matters worthy of investigation. The statement by him has managed to hog plenty of limelight of late.
“We look forward to talking to him to see if there are any matters worthy of investigation,” the representative of the world cricketing body stated.
Guided by half-centuries from captain MS Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir, India chased down 275 with six wickets to spare at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai after Jayawardene’s stroke-filled hundred gave the 1996 champions more than a competitive total to defend.