A high-level inquiry has been launched in Sri Lanka into allegations of match-fixing against India in the 2011 World Cup.
According to media reports, orders have been issued by the Sports Ministry Secretary for a full investigation into the matter. At that time, part of the team management will also record the statements of the staff.
Former Sports Minister Hernandez Fernando also tweeted that a new act was passed in parliament last year to punish those who did wrong in sports, under which action could be taken against those responsible.
The former Sri Lankan minister opened a new Pandora’s box by declaring the match between India and Sri Lanka in the 2011 World Cup fixed.
Cricket corruption incidents have already shaken the door of Sri Lankan cricket, the latest allegations of the former minister have added fuel to the fire while the ICC is also investigating from various angles.
On the former minister’s allegations, former captain Kumara Sangakara said that if the former minister had evidence that the match was fixed, he should hand it over to the ICC’s anti-corruption unit so that a full investigation could be carried out. On social media, some quarters astonished at the allegations made by the former minister and said that how can a match be fixed without cricketers.
It may be recalled that in the 2011 World Cup, India defeated Sri Lanka by six wickets in a thrilling final. Sri Lanka had scored 274 runs for the loss of six wickets.
India achieved the target in the 49th over for four wickets. Jayawardene scored 103 while Dhoni scored 91 runs. The Sri Lankan team was captained by Kumara Sangakara and Dhoni was leading India.