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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 80

Was the WC Final against India fixed?

By S.H.Moulana

To recall the 2011 Cricket World Cup Final between India and Sri Lanka played India, cricket fans will remember, batting first our team finished very strongly with a score of 274/6 in the allotted 50 overs.

India while replying they lost Sehwag cheaply followed by Tendulkar but skipper Dhoni and Ghambir helped by poor bowling and fielding by the Sri Lankan team captained by Sangakkara lost the final to India by six wickets.

1996 World Cup winning Sri Lankan captain Ranatunga, who was in the pavilion at that time called for an investigation for the defeat.

The Sports Minister then Mahindananda Aluthgamage did not take any action or even complain of any match-fixing allegations.

Nine years have passed the then Sport Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage has brought in an allegation that the 2011 WC Final was fixed, during his recent interview to Sirasa TV. He alleged that he can responsibly claim that the match was sold to India by a certain party and did not wish to involve names of any players.

Responding to this claim Mahela tweeted ‘Is the election around the corner, looks like the circus has started. Names and evidence?

SL politics – ICC.’ Kumar Sangakkara who was the captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team during the 2011 WC final, tweeted that the former minister needs to take his evidence to the ICC and the Anti- Corruption and Security Unit so the claim could be investigated thoroughly.

Sri Lanka Cricket Board Chairman Shammi Silva has said that the board has never received a complaint or any report over the 2011 WC final match played against India in India.

To keep this gentleman’s game clean we request the former Sport Minister to reveal all what he knows to the public and lodge an official complaint to the Sri Lanka Cricket Board. Until this is done even the reputation of our cricketers who took part in the 2011 WC final will receive a suspicious look.

We urge the former minister, as nine long years have already passed, please clear the names of the innocent players who took part in this final and if there were any wrong doers don’t hesitate to expose and get them punished so that this will be a lesson for our young budding cricketers too.

Stay Safe, Stay at Home, Stay Informed, But Don't Forget to Wash Your Hands.

- Asian Tribune -

The Sports Minister then Mahindananda Aluthgamage did not take any action or even complain of any match-fixing allegations.
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