Former Sri Lanka Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage has raised a number of eyebrows by stating that the 2011 World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka was fixed. India had defeated Sri Lanka by 6 wickets to win their second World Cup and first in 28 years.
While he could not reveal any evidence to back his claim, he said he takes full responsibility of his comments. Aluthgamage said he does not want to go into the details for the sake of the nation before stating the certain groups were involved in fixing the game.
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“The 2011 final was fixed. I stand by what I say. It took place when I was the Minister of Sports,” Aluthgamage told Sri Lankan news outlet News 1st.
“I state with full responsibility. However, I do not wish to expose details for the sake of the country. The game against India in 2011, a game which we could have won, was fixed.
“I state it with responsibility and I can come forward for a debate. The people are concerned about it. I would not involve the cricketers in this. However, certain groups were definitely involved in fixing the game,” he added.
Mahela Jayawardene responds:
Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene has reacted strongly to the comments from Aluthgamage. The legendary batsman, who had scored a stunning century in the final, mocked the former Minister for his claims and also asked for evidence.
“Is the elections around the corner Looks like the circus has started Clown face names and evidence? #SLpolitics #ICC,” Mahela Jayawardene wrote on Twitter.
— Mahela Jayawardena (@MahelaJay) June 18, 2020
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