Sri Lanka probes allegations over fixing 2011 World Cup

Former sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage claimed earlier this month that Sri Lanka sold the match to ensure an Indian victory.
— Reuters  File

Sri Lanka have ordered a criminal probe to look into the allegations that 2011 World Cup final in Mumbai was fixed.

"A criminal investigation has begun", said KDS Ruwanchandra, the secretary to the sports ministry, as quoted by news agency AFP.

"I tell you today that we sold the 2011 World Cup finals", Aluthgamage told Sirasa TV. I feel I can talk about it now. "I say the match against India, the one we could have won, we betrayed".

Mahindananda Aluthgamage also reiterated the match was "sold", however, he did not name any player involved.

Ranatunga, who was at the stadium as a commentator, has previously called for an investigation into the defeat.

"When we lost, I was distressed and I had a doubt".

Tharanga, who scored two runs off 20 deliveries in the match at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium, was called in after investigators quizzed chief selector Aravinda de Silva for almost six hours on Tuesday.

Batting first, Sri Lanka scored 274 for six and removed Sachin Tendulkar for just 18 to leave India on the backfoot after the eventual winners lost two wickets for a meagre 31 runs.

The International Cricket Council is said to be investigating three unnamed former players over corruption claims, while Sri Lanka's captain in the final, Kumar Sangakkara, is encouraging Aluthgamage to share his allegations with the governing body. "Today we started the investigation into (2011 World Cup) match fixing allegations", Fonseka told reporters outside his unit's office where the chief selector was questioned.

"I can not reveal everything now, but one day I will. I think in the interest of Sachin and the millions of cricket fans across India, it's the duty of the Indian government and their cricket board to initiate an impartial inquiry to see whether they have won a fixed World Cup", De Silva had written in his column in The Sunday Times.

"He needs to take his "evidence" to the ICC and the Anti corruption and Security Unit so the claims can be investigated thoroughly", he tweeted.

Global cricket in Sri Lanka has previously been linked to corruption allegations, including claims of match-fixing ahead of a 2018 Test against England.



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