After the former Sri Lankan sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage alleged India’s win against Sri Lanka as fixed, the sports ministry has asked for a thorough investigation on the matter. Previously, the minister has claimed that the 2011 World Cup Match-fixing happened by “certain parties”.
Dullas Alahapperuma has asked for an investigation and said that the report must be submitted in every two weeks. After the allegation put forward by Aluthgamage, the Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakara and Mahela Jaywardane had demanded evidence for his claim.
“Today I am telling you that we sold the 2011 world cup, I said this when I was the sports minister,” Aluthgamage, who was the sports minister at the time, said.
“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,” added the politician, who was the state minister of power.
In an interview with local TV channel, Aluthgamage made the claim. After this, the Sri Lankan cricketers outraged and asked him to put forward supporting evidence for the same.
The captain of Sri Lanka at that time, Sangakkara, asked him to produce evidence for an anti-corruption probe.
“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.
Jayawardene, also a former captain of the Sri Lankan team, ridiculed his claim and made a point on the political scenario of the country.
“Is the elections around the corner…like the circus has started…names and evidence?” he asked in a tweet.
Aluthgamage has not named any cricketers but said that he knows for sure,”certain parties were.”
With the ongoing pandemic, cricket has faced a massive blow. These new allegations of World Cup Match-fixing create not only a distraction for players but also creates havoc among the fans.