‘Why are Sangakkara and Jayawardene making a big deal?’: Former Sri Lanka Sports Minister stands by fixing claims

Sri Lanka’s ex sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage stood by his allegations that the World Cup 2011 final between India and Sri Lanka was fixed, saying some cricket officials purchased car companies and started new businesses after the team’s loss.

Aluthgamage had raised the matter on Thursday, while saying cricketers were not involved. He stressed that the team was changed at the last moment without consultation, although he was the sports minister then.

Sri Lanka had called Suraj Randiv and Chaminda Vaas for the final as standy to Muttiah Muralitharan and Angelo Mathews, who suffered injuries. While Muralitharan played the final, Mathews missed out.

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  1. Still not buying it! You simply cannot go around accusing match fixing a WC final based on selections! We all know the SLC officials including political appointee’s loot from the coffers meant to enrich our game – hence the reason why we are struggling now! If the WC final was fixed by admin then it’s it the Ministers problem NOT the players. We already know the whole problem with SLC is administrators and politicians and neither of these two can fix the game – only the players can do that!