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Former Sri Lanka Sports Minister claims 2011 ICC World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka was fixed

By Rajan Nath -- June 18, 2020 5:06 pm -- Updated:Feb 15, 2021

Former Sri Lanka Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage has claimed that the final match of the 2011 World Cup was fixed. Men in Blue defeated Sri Lanka by six wickets in the final and created history at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Former Indian Skipper MS Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir had slammed magnificent half-centuries to help India chase down 275 runs with 10 balls left.

Now after 9 years, Aluthgamage has made a shocking claim. Meanwhile, no more details have been refused by the former Sri Lankan Sports Minister.

He has also claimed that Sri Lanka could have easily won the game and lift the world cup. Former wicket-keeper batsman Kumar Sangakkara was leading the Sri Lankan side in the 2011 World Cup.

Aluthgamage was quoted by Sri Lankan news channel News 1st as saying: "The 2011 Cricket World Cup final was fixed. I stand by what I say. It took place when I was the Minister of Sports."

He also said that he stated it with responsibility, however, he does not wish to expose the details for the sake of the country. It was against India in 2011, a game which we could have won, was fixed, he added. Also, Aluthgamage said that he would not involve the cricketers in this, however, certain groups were involved in fixing the game.

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MS Dhoni was awarded Man of the Match in the final for his unbeaten 91 while Yuvraj Singh was given Man of the Tournament award for his all-round performance throughout the tournament.

-PTC News