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Sri Lanka ‘sold’ 2011 Cricket World Cup final, says former Sports Minister

Kumar Sangakkara 2011 Cricket World Cup

Sri Lanka “sold” the 2011 World Cup final to India, the country’s former sports minister said on Thursday, reviving one of cricket’s most explosive match-fixing controversies.

Mahindananda Aluthgamage, who was sports minister at the time, is the second senior figure to allege the final was fixed, after 1996 World Cup-winning skipper Arjuna Ranatunga. “I tell you today that we sold the 2011 World Cup finals,” Aluthgamage told Sirasa TV. “Even when I was sports minister I believed this.”

Aluthgamage, sports minister from 2010 to 2015 and now state minister for renewable energy and power, said he “did not want to disclose” the plot at the time.

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  1. I cannot believe we are still going on about and of all people a politician! So lets go through this. Firstly, this is a serious allegation which cannot be just thrown around but reported with evidence – not expecting a circus clown to understand this. Secondly, to throw a game, you need to first be the favorite to win, which we weren’t, and next, get in to a winning position and give it away, which didn’t happen either. Finally, did this guy actually watch the game? We got a good score but defending at the Wankedhi in the night is almost impossible. Malinga took out Sewag and Sachin but we didn’t get a sniff from there. Also, on paper, India were the stronger team, playing at home, batting second at the Wankedi – the only team who could have thrown this game was India!