Sri Lanka Opens Criminal Probe Into 2011 World Cup Final Match-Fixing Claims


New Delhi: Following allegation by the Sri Lanka sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage, who claimed that 2011 World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka was fixed, Sri Lanka government today ordered a criminal probe into the issue.

K.D.S. Ruwanchandra, the secretary to the sports ministry revealed a criminal investigation has commenced, regarding the matter.

Reportedly, it is being handled by the (police) independent Special Investigation Unit on sports-related offences.

The issue was sprung up earlier this month when in an interview, Aluthgamage, who was Sri Lanka sports minister at the time, said that Sri Lanka ‘sold’ the World Cup 2011 final to ensure victory for India.

“I feel I can talk about it now. I am not connecting players, but some sections were involved,” Aluthgamage said.

“Today I am telling you that we sold the 2011 world cup, I said this when I was the sports minister,” he said.

Following the allegations, Sri Lanka ordered a criminal probe into the issue.

India and Sri Lanka had faced each other in the finals of 2011 World Cup in Mumbai.

Sri Lanka batted first and scored 274-6 off 50 overs. However, they appeared in a strong position after India’s top batting order was collapsed.

But India turned the game dramatically with the brilliant performance by Gautam Gambhir (97) and then skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (91).

India achieved the target with six wickets and won the trophy for the second time after 1983.

Sri Lankan cricket has earlier been linked to fixing allegations, latest being the claims of match-fixing ahead of a 2018 Test match against England.

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