Arjuna Ranatunga had earlier detonated the bomb. It was not ‘normal’ for Sri Lanka to lose in the final of the 2011 World Cup, said the World Cup-winning captain. This time the then Sri Lankan Sports Minister Mahindananda Athulgamage detonated a bigger bomb. The Sri Lankan politician directly complained that Sri Lanka handed over the final of the World Cup to India and they lost the world cup on purpose.
In the 2011 World Cup final, Sri Lanka lost to India by 8 wickets, sports Minister Athul Gamage claimed that this suspicion came to his mind they have lost on purpose. But he did not say anything because there was no situation to talk about it then. After so many years now the mouth has opened. “I am telling you, we handed over the 2011 World Cup final to India,” he said. Even when I was the sports minister, I believed in it. We could have won that match, but we lost on purpose. I thought I could talk about it now. I won’t name anyone in particular, but several players were involved. ‘
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Earlier, Ranatunga had complained in 2016 that he had doubts about the 2011 World Cup final. He demanded that the final be investigated. He hinted at saying more, ‘I can’t say everything right now. But with time everything will come out. ‘ However, the players of India and Sri Lanka have always denied the allegations.
Batting early in the 2011 World Cup final, Sri Lanka scored 264 runs in Jayawardene’s century. After India lost to Sehwag-Tendulkar in the beginning, Gambhir-Kohli-Dhoni showed them the way. Kumar Sangakkara’s team paid for bad fielding and bowling.
Allegations of match-fixing are not new to Sri Lankan cricketers. Sanath Jayasuriya has been banned for two years for non-cooperation against match-fixing. In the BPL, Sri Lankan cricketer Lokuarachchi was accused of fixing. Former cricketer Nuan Joysa and Kaushal Lokuhetige have been banned. Earlier this month, the Sri Lankan board said the ICC was investigating allegations of fixing against three of their former cricketers. Harin Fernando, another former sports minister, said corruption was rife in Sri Lankan cricket.