Sri Lanka cricketers have been summoned for questioning regarding the 2011 World Cup final against India after former Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage claimed it was fixed. Kumar Sangakkara, who served as the captain in the final, was a significant figure, having questioned by a special investigation team. In response to the same, protests have broken out in the Island nation.
The special investigation squad interrogated Kumar Sangakkara for an astonishing ten hours due to which backlash erupted outside the Sports Ministry by Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SMB). As per reports by Sri Lankan media, Sangakkara said that the truth would come out during his conversation with reporters after his questioning by the police.
At the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, India beat Sri Lanka by six wickets to clinch their second World Cup after 28 years. Mahela Jayawardene’s unbeaten classy century ushered the tourists to 274 before an exemplary show by Gautam Gambhir and captain MS Dhoni drove them home. MS Dhoni scored 91 not out while Gambhir made 97 off 122 balls under pressure.
Aluthgamage, the then Sri Lanka’s Sports Minister made a massive claim that the 2011 World Cup final clash was sold. He refused to provide any names of the cricketers involved in the wrongful act and remained confident that last-minute changes to the playing eleven were carried out without his consent or the Sri Lankan Board’s. Before Sangakkara, the cops also questioned Upul Tharanga, who opened the innings in that match. Arvinda de Silva, who served as the chief selector back in 2011, also joined the list.
Members of the Samagi Tharuna Balawegaya (@youthforsjb) are currently staging a protest outside the SLC against the harassment Cricketer Kumar Sangakkara and 2011 cricket team. #SriLanka #LKA #Matchfixing #ProtestSL via @kataclysmichaos pic.twitter.com/BfOr6tcsOK
— Sri Lanka Tweet 🇱🇰 (@SriLankaTweet) July 2, 2020
Leader of opposition in Sri Lanka comes out in support of Kumar Sangakkara:
Sajith Premadasa, who is the leader of opposition in the nation, tweeted in favour of the former Sri Lankan skipper. Sajith conceded that the constant harassment of our cricketers is condemnable and must be vigorously opposed. The behaviour of the government is unacceptable.
Continuous harassment of @KumarSanga2 and our 2011 cricket heroes must be strongly opposed. Government behavior is deplorable.
— Sajith Premadasa (@sajithpremadasa) July 2, 2020