Recently, the news is spreading fast regarding the match-fixing in the final of the ICC World Cup 2011 when India played against Sri Lanka and lifted the trophy. The former Sri Lanka sports minister had claimed the match-fixing which was later supported by former Sri Lanka’s skipper, De Silva.
“Just like we cherished our World Cup victory, players like Sachin (Tendulkar) cherish these moments for the rest of their lives. I think in the interest of Sachin and the millions of cricket fans across India, it’s the duty of the Indian government and their cricket board to initiate an impartial inquiry to see whether they have won a fixed World Cup,” de Silva, the former captain, had said according to Inside Sport.
“When serious allegations like these are being made, it affects a lot of people. In this case not only us, the selectors, the players, and the team management but Indian cricketers who deservingly won the world title. We need to clear this once and for all for the greater good of the game we love,” he had added.
“I would not involve the cricketers in this. However, certain groups were definitely involved in fixing the game. The team who played the final match was not the team we had selected, finalized, and sent off. At the last moment, without the consultation of either me as the then minister of Sports or officials of the Sri Lanka Cricket Control Board, four new players had been included to the team,” Aluthgamage, the sports minister, had said.
Later, the International Cricket Council (ICC) disclosed that they will discuss the matter with the former Sri Lanka sports ministry that what exactly shall be investigated.
When Aluthgamage was questioned by the police to drag the inquiry ahead, he said that he wants his suspicion to be investigated.
Sri Lanka sports minister on World Cup 2011 match-fixing: I want to investigation over my suspicion
“I want my suspicion investigated. I gave to the Police, a copy of the complaint I lodged with the International Cricket Council (ICC) on 30 October 2011 regarding the said allegation as then Sports Minister,” said the former Sports Minister as quoted by Times Now.