I don’t think 2011 WC final was fixed – Dullas
By Thameenah Razeek
Neither the Ministry of Sports, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) nor the International Cricket Council (ICC) has any evidence regarding former Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage’s allegation that the National Cricket Team had deliberately lost the final of the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup against India, incumbent Sports Minister Dullas Alahapperuma said.
Speaking to the media yesterday (24), Alahapperuma said that he had made inquiries in this regard from the ICC and SLC after the allegation was made by Aluthgamage. He said that only Aluthgamage possesses evidence to prove that the final match was fixed.
Responding to a question posed by the media, Alahapperuma noted that personally he does not think that the final was fixed in 2011, since neither he nor other respective authorities have any evidence in this regard. He said that the allegation could create unwanted problems and harm the reputation of senior cricketers like Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene.
“But we have given the opportunity to lodge a complaint regarding the match fixing allegation with the Special Police Unit to investigate sports related offences established by me in February to address such issues,” he added.
Aluthgamage’s claim regarding match-fixing was concerning the match held on 2 April 2011, where India beat Sri Lanka by six wickets after successfully chasing down 275 runs.
Mahindananda Aluthgamage, who was the Sports Minister during the 2011 World Cup final which Sri Lanka lost, made the allegation last week in an interview with ‘Sirasa TV’. This created a furore in the cricketing and political arena since the airing of the programme, and none of the cricketers who were part of the 2011 team was prepared to brush it off. Sangakkara , Jayawardene, Thilan Samaraweera and Lasith Malinga have all asked him to provide proof.
Aluthgamage then stated that it wasn’t the players he was referring to when he made that remark but about the officials, and he doesn’t understand why the players are reacting this way. This claim led to Chairman of Selectors Aravinda de Silva also intervening and asking the ex-Sports Minister to produce his proof, and also requesting the ICC and BCCI to investigate the matter.