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Sri Lanka “purchased” the 2011 World Cup final to India, the country’s broken-down sports minister mentioned on Thursday, reviving undoubtedly one of cricket’s most explosive match-fixing controversies.
Mahindananda Aluthgamage, who changed into sports minister at the time, is the 2d senior figure to verbalize the final changed into mounted, after 1996 World Cup-a hit skipper Arjuna Ranatunga.
“I relate you this day that we purchased the 2011 World Cup finals,” Aluthgamage suggested Sirasa TV. “Even after I changed into sports minister I believed this.”
Aluthgamage, sports minister from 2010 to 2015 and now convey minister for renewable vitality and vitality, mentioned he “did not have to sing” the attach at the time.
“In 2011, we were to purchase, however we purchased the match. I hang I will focus on about it now. I am no longer connecting players, however some sections were fervent,” he mentioned.
Sri Lanka lost the match at Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium by six wickets. Indian players occupy strongly denied any wrongdoing.
Ranatunga, who changed into at the stadium as a commentator, has beforehand known as for an investigation into the defeat.
“After we lost, I changed into distressed and I had a doubt,” he mentioned in July 2017. “We must compare what took attach to Sri Lanka at the 2011 World Cup final.”
“I will’t sing everything now, however in some unspecified time in the future I will. There must be an inquiry,” added Ranatunga, who mentioned players may perhaps well well now not veil the “grime”.
Sri Lanka batted first and scored 274-6 off 50 overs. They regarded in a commanding attach when Indian celeb Sachin Tendulkar changed into out for 18.
But India turned the sport dramatically, thanks partly to heart-broken fielding and bowling by Sri Lanka, who were led by Kumar Sangakkara.
Sangakkara known as on Aluthgamage to fraction his allegations with the the Worldwide Cricket Council, the realm governing physique.
“He (the minister) needs to take care of his ‘evidence’ to the ICC and the Anti corruption and Safety Unit so the claims may perhaps well well be investigated throughly,” Sangakkara tweeted on Thursday.
Sri Lankan cricket has usually been fervent in corruption controversies, together with claims of match-fixing before a 2018 Take a look at in opposition to England.
Earlier this month, the Sri Lankan cricket board mentioned the Worldwide Cricket Council changed into investigating three unnamed broken-down players over alleged corruption.
Sri Lanka launched noteworthy penalties for match-fixing and tightened sports making a wager restrictions in November in a sing to impress out graft.
One other broken-down sports minister, Harin Fernando, has mentioned Sri Lankan cricket changed into riddled with graft “from top to bottom”, and that the ICC even handed Sri Lanka undoubtedly one of many realm’s most outrageous nations.
Light Sri Lankan fleet bowler Dilhara Lokuhettige changed into suspended in 2018 for corruption referring to to a restricted-overs league.
He changed into the third Sri Lankan charged below the ICC anti-corruption code, following broken-down captain and ex-chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya, and broken-down paceman Nuwan Zoysa.
Jayasuriya changed into came at some level of guilty of failing to cooperate with a match-fixing probe and banned for two years. Zoysa changed into suspended for match-fixing.
He needs to take care of his “evidence” to the ICC and the Anti corruption and Safety Unit so the claims may perhaps well well be investigated throughly https://t.co/51w2J5Jtpc
— Kumar Sangakkara (@KumarSanga2) June 18, 2020