Sri Lanka Sports Ministry Launches Inquiry On 2011 World Cup Final Fixing Allegation
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Sri Lanka Sports Ministry Launches Inquiry On 2011 World Cup Final Fixing Allegation

2011 World Cup
2011 World Cup

Sri Lanka Sports Ministry Secretary has launched an investigation on the accusation of 2011 World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka being fixed. The ministry has filed a complaint at the special investigations unit of the Sports Ministry calling for an immediate investigation.

The step has come after former sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage sensationally insisted that the game was fixed. 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.

As per NewsWire, the country’s Sports Ministry special investigations unit will record a statement from former minister to get details about the accusation he made. Sports Ministry has already initiated the inquiry, according to an official.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni with the 2011 World Cup (Credits: Twitter)

India’s historic win:

India had defeated Sri Lanka by 6 wickets to win their second World Cup and first in 28 years. India were up against a spirited Sri Lankan team which had blown away almost every team that came in its way to the final. Sri Lanka did well with the bat, riding on a classy Mahela Jayawardene (103 not out, 88 balls, 13 fours) century to post a challenging total of 274/6.

In reply, India lost the talismanic Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag early with Lasith Malinga being the destructor-in-chief. But from thereon, every thing went India’s way as Gautam Gambhir and later MS Dhoni took charge of the innings.

Gambhir bailed India out of trouble and scored a stunning 97 to set the platform for the win. Dhoni then went on to play an unbeaten knock of 91 to make sure India register the win without any trouble in the end.

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