Mahindananda’s claim on Match Fixing at 2011 World Cup false: AG

The Attorney General has confirmed that there was no match-fixing behind the defeat of Sri Lanka Cricket team to India in the final match of the 2011 World Cup.

Accordingly, investigations into the case have been dropped.

The probe was initiated in 2019 based on a controversial statement made by Mahindananda Aluthgamage, who served as the Sports Minister during 2011, under the instructions of Dullus Alahapperuma, who in 2019 served as the Sports Minister.

Dragging in much controversy on to the spotlight, Aluthgamage publicly claimed that there was a suspicion that a match-fixing had taken place during the 2011 World Cup final leading to the SLC team’s defeat. He claimed that he had evidence to prove it as well. The sudden change of the list of players nominated for the finals could be suspicious, he said, adding that none of the players were involved in the event.

The allegation prompted a special police investigation to identify the event’s impact on the Sports Ministry. Senior players of the World Cup Kumar Sanggakkar, Mahela Jayawardena and Upul Tharanga were also questioned by the Police in this regard.

The investigations, however, have now concluded that no such match-fixing had taken place during the 2011 World Cup and the AG’s office confirmed that Aluthgamage’s allegation is void.

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