June 19, Colombo: The Sports Ministry Secretary K.D.S Ruwanchandra has lodged a complaint with the Sports Ministry’s Special Investigation Unit demanding an immediate inquiry into the allegations made by former Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage that the 2011 World Cup final was fixed.
Aluthgamage, who was the Sports Minister at the time of the 2011 World Cup Championship, said yesterday that the 2011 World Cup final was ‘sold’ to India for money, but failed to produce any evidence.
According to an official spokesperson of the Ministry of Sports, the Special Investigation Unit will record a statement from the former minister to obtain information on the allegations. The official said that the Ministry of Sports has already commenced investigations.
Meanwhile, Sports Minister of the previous government Harin Fernando issuing a Twitter message said former Minister Aluthgamage should complain to ICC with evidence instead of making unsubstantiated claims. He said the previous government new passed a new bill in Parliament last year to punish offenders of match fixing.
Cricket legend Kumar Sangakkara, who captained the 2011 World Cup final against India at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on 2 April 2011, said the former minister should provide the evidence to ICC for a probe so the claims can be investigated.
Former World Cup-winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga had also called for a probe on alleged match-fixing in the 2011 World Cup final.
Sri Lanka and India competed in the 2011 World Cup final and India won the match by 6 wickets despite Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardena scoring 103 of the 274 total.