Was the 2011 World Cup final fixed? Well, the shocking claims by former Sports Minister of Sri Lanka, Mahindananda Aluthgamage, has left the cricket world shocked. Sri Lanka has ordered a criminal probe into the matter.
Meanwhile, Sri Lankan police on Tuesday questioned the former skipper Aravinda de Silva as it launched an investigation over the allegations of the 2011 World Cup final being fixed.
MS Dhoni-led Team India defeated Sri Lanka in the final at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai and clinched their second World Cup trophy. De Silva was the chairman of the selectors of the Sri Lankan team back in 2011.
The investigation has been assigned to the Sri Lankan police days after the nation’s former Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage made a shocking claim. He had alleged that Sri Lanka ‘sold’ the final to India and lost the game.
The claims were questioned by Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, who asked for proof and urged Aluthgamage to sought an investigation from the International Cricket Council (ICC) if he has evidence.
As per the sources, former Sri Lanka cricketer Upul Tharanga, who was part of the final, will be questioned. India had chased down the target of 275 with ten balls remaining because of the brilliant knocks from Gautam Gambhir (97) and MS Dhoni (91). India had the first team to win the World Cup on home soil.