Sangakkara, Jayawardene called for investigation into 2011 World Cup final match-fixing
As allegations of match-fixing in the 2011 World Cup final have gathered steam, former Sri Lanka players Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene have been summoned to appear before a special investigations unit set up by Sri Lanka’s Sports Ministry, over allegations of match-fixing in the 2011 World Cup final on Thursday.
This was after Sri Lanka’s former sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage alleged that the 2011 World Cup final was fixed.
As per a report in ESPNCricinfo, Aluthgamage has claimed that he is already in possession of evidence which proves that fixing occurred in the finals but nothing substantial has been made public yet.
The ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) has also never stated the final was under suspicion.
Aluthgamage’s allegations appear to be about the four changes that Sri Lanka made to their playing XI for the final. However, Sangakkara (Sri Lanka skipper at that time), Jayawardene (then vice-captain), and de Silva (who was chief selector) have repeatedly said that those changes were made looking at the injuries to two players – Angelo Mathews and Muttiah Muralitharan.
However, Sangakkara (who was captain), Jayawardene (vice-captain), and de Silva (chief selector) have countered the allegation stating that those changes were forced due to injuries to Angelo Mathews and Muttiah Muralitharan – sustained during the semi-final. Muralitharan was able to play the final but has since said he had not been fully fit.
Meanwhile, BCCI’s Anti Corruption Unit’s (ACU) head, Ajit Singh, spoke to The Week and expressed surprise that the issue has come to the forefront after nine years. According to Singh, getting required evidence will be an arduous task if the match was actually fixed, as the investigation is delayed now.