Probe launched into bombshell Cricket World Cup fixing claim

India won the 2011 Cricket World Cup after beating Sri Lanka in the final. Pic GettyMore

India won the 2011 Cricket World Cup after beating Sri Lanka in the final. Pic GettyMore

The Sri Lankan police on Tuesday said it has questioned former national selection committee chairman Aravinda de Silva over ex-Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage's allegation that the national cricket team's loss to India in the 2011 World Cup final was fixed by "certain parties".

"A criminal investigation has begun into the matter", KDS Ruwanchandra, the secretary to the sports ministry, was quoted as saying by news agency AFP.

Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Dullas Alahapperuma appointed a Special Investigation Unit comprising an SSP and an SP to implement the legal provisions of the Prevention of Offences Relating to Sports Act.

The island nation's 1996 World Cup-winning skipper Arjuna Ranatunga has also cast doubt on the result and previously called for an investigation.

"I feel I can talk about it now".

"In 2011, we were to win, but we sold the match".

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Batting first India was in a tricky position at 18/2 against Sri Lanka in the 2011 World Cup final. "I am not connecting players, but some sections were involved", he said.

After starting strongly, Sri Lanka lost the final at Mumbai's Wankhede stadium by six wickets.

Aluthgamage recently told this newspaper that the International Cricket Council had recently sent him a message informing him of their interest in discussing the match-fixing allegations he had raised.

Global cricket in Sri Lanka has previously been linked to corruption allegations, including claims of match-fixing ahead of a 2018 Test against England.

"Since he says he has evidence and proof, the prudent thing to do is to go to the Anti-Corruption Unit of the ICC and put forth his claims, so they can investigate them thoroughly and come to a conclusion whether what the former minister says is true or not".

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