Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena open up regarding the match-fixing claims that the former Sri Lanka sports minister made regarding the World Cup 2011 final.
Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena on the match-fixing claims: The former Sri Lanka sports minister has recently made a massive claim on the India-Sri Lanka 2011 World Cup final. He feels that the final was a fixed match. The Indian Cricket Team registered a six wickets win over Sri Lanka on April 2, 2011, to win the mega tournament after 28 long years.
However, Aluthgamage did not want to provide any proof regarding his statements, keeping in mind the reputation of Sri Lanka. However, he took full responsibility for the statement he has made. Moreover, he also did not provide any further details regarding this matter.
“The 2011 Cricket World Cup final was fixed. I stand by what I say. It took place when I was the Minister of Sports. I state it with responsibility. However, I do not wish to expose details for the sake of the country. The game was against India in 2011, a game, which we could have won, was fixed,” Aluthgamage said in News 1st.
Coming to the match, Sri Lanka posted a total of 274 runs for the loss of 6 wickets. Mahela Jayawardena played a sensational inning of 103 runs off 88 balls. He hit 13 fours during the innings.
However, Gautam Gambhir and MS Dhoni played a sensational knock and delivered the goods for Team India. Gambhir scored 97 runs and MS Dhoni scored an unbeaten 91 runs and took India to victory.
Mahela Jayawardena responds:
Meanwhile, Mahela Jayawardena came up with a witty tweet after going through the claims. He asked Aluthgamage for the proof regarding the claim he has made and also asked for the names who were involved in the matter.
Jayawardena took to Twitter and wrote, “Is the elections around the corner Looks like the circus has started names and evidence? #SLpolitics #ICC.”
HERE IS THE TWEET:
Kumar Sangakkara responds to the claims.
Now, Kumar Sangakkara, who was the captain of Sri Lanka during that World Cup has also opened up about this matter. He said that the former sports minister should provide the evidence to the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Anti-corruption and Security Unit so that there can be a thorough investigation regarding the claims.