Sri Lanka Orders Criminal Probe Into 2011 World Cup Final Fixing Allegations

  • Sri Lanka Orders Criminal Probe Into 2011 World Cup Final Fixing Allegations

Sri Lanka Orders Criminal Probe Into 2011 World Cup Final Fixing Allegations

Close on the heels of former Sri Lanka sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage claiming that the Sri Lanka cricket team "sold" the World Cup 2011 final to ensure victory for India, a probe has been reportedly ordered into the allegations.

The island nation's 1996 World Cup-winning skipper Arjuna Ranatunga has also cast doubt on the result and previously called for an investigation.

"Even when I was sports minister I believed this". "I say the match against India, the one we could have won, we betrayed". "I am not connecting players, but some sections were involved", Aluthgamage said.

After starting strongly, Sri Lanka lost the final at Mumbai's Wankhede stadium by six wickets.

Aravinda de Silva, the country's former skipper and chief selector for the 2011 finals, had been summoned for an interview with investigators on Tuesday, according to local reports. They appeared in a commanding position when Indian superstar Sachin Tendulkar was out for 18.

Sri Lanka's fielding and bowling then drastically deteriorated, allowing India to sweep to a victory that had seemed unlikely before their opponents' sudden drop in performance and a 91-not-out innings from national hero MS Dhoni.

Aravinda De Silva, who was the Chairman the Selection Committee of the Sri Lanka Cricket at the time, is expected to make his statement today on the matter.

Aluthgamage recently told this newspaper that the International Cricket Council had recently sent him a message informing him of their interest in discussing the match-fixing allegations he had raised.

"He needs to take his "evidence" to the ICC and the Anti corruption and Security Unit so the claims can be investigated thoroughly", he tweeted.