On Thursday, former Sports Ministers said that Sri Lanka sold the 2011 World Cup to India while reviving one of cricket’s most explosive match-fixing controversies.
The Sri Lankan ex-sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage said,
“I tell you today that we sold the 2011 World Cup finals. Even when I was a sports minister I believed this.”
Aluthgamage, sports minister from 2010 to 2015 said he “did not want to disclose” the plot at the time.
“In 2011, we were to win, but we sold the match. I feel I can talk about it now. I am not connecting players, but some sections were involved,” he added.
Sri Lankan team lost the match in 2011 at Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium by six wickets. Meanwhile, the Indian players have negated any wrongdoing.
Ranatunga, the stadium as a commentator at that time, had previously called for an investigation into the defeat.
“When we lost, I was distressed and I had a doubt,” he said in July 2017. “We must investigate what happened to Sri Lanka at the 2011 World Cup final.”
Ranatunga went on to say that,
“I cannot reveal everything now, but one day I will. There must be an inquiry.”
Sri Lanka batted first and scored 274-6 off 50 overs. The Sri Lankan team appeared in a commanding position when Indian superstar Sachin Tendulkar was out for 18 runs.