Perhaps one of the biggest achievements of Indian Cricket in the last decade was the 2011 WC title. Sri Lanka batted first scoring 274-6 in 50 overs which Indian team chased with 10 balls to spare thanks to some inspiring performances of Gambhir and MS Dhoni. From that moment till now, several allegations have been made that the outcome of the match was fixed by many individuals that includes
Arjun Ranatunga (Former Cricketer) in 2017 and
Mahindananda Aluthgamage (Sri Lanka Sports minister in 2011) just a few days back.
“Today I am telling you that we sold the 2011 world cup, I said this when I was the sports minister,” Aluthgamage
Mahindananda Aluthgamage, who had been Sri Lanka’s Sports Minister in 2011, when India won the ODI World Cup, claimed on Thursday: “The 2011 final was fixed. I state it with responsibility and I can come forward for a debate… I would not involve the cricketers in this. However, certain groups were definitely involved in fixing the game. I stand by what I say. It took place when I was the Minister of Sports…I do not wish to expose details for the sake of the country. The game against India in 2011, a game we could have won, was fixed”.
Aluthgamage continues “As a country, I do not want to announce this. I can’t exactly remember if it was 2011 or 2012. But we were to win that game,”
Mahela Jayawardena, one of the senior cricketers in the 2011 WC squad, tweeted regarding this issue on the same day naming it a circus for election benefits and asked names and shreds of evidence.
It is not clear what Mahindananda means by the ‘sake of country’ as the claim itself does not reflect any good image for Sri Lankan Cricket. It is also a possibility that this may just be a publicity stunt as the timing seems to be too convenient. Based on the claims of Mahindananda Aluthgamage, the Sri Lanka government has ordered an investigation on the matter.
Mahela pointed out if there is election around the corner.
The then skipper Sangakkara asked him furnish evidences and reports.