Former Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara has asked for evidence after country's former Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage alleged that team's 2011 World Cup final against India played in Mumbai was fixed.
India won the match by six wickets at the Wankhede Stadium on April 2 as the Islanders lost their second World Cup final in a row.
Batting first, Sri Lanka posted a commanding total of 274/6 in 50 overs with Mahela Jayawardene (103*) slamming an unbeaten ton. Chasing the target, half-centuries from Gambhir (97) and Dhoni (91*) helped the team get over the line with 10 balls to spare. Virat Kohli (35) and Yuvraj Singh (21*) also chipped in with handy contributions.
"The 2011 Cricket World Cup final was fixed. I stand by what I say. It took place when I was the minister of sports," Aluthgamage told newsfirst.lk.
"However, I do not wish to expose details for the sake of the country. The game against India in 2011, the game we could have won, was fixed.
"I say this with a responsibility and I can come forward for a debate. The people are concerned about it. I would not involve the cricketers in this.
"However, certain groups were definitely involved in fixing the game," he added.
Aluthgamage in 2017 had claimed that the manager's report had mentioned that a senior Sri Lankan player had smoked as many as over 50 cigarettes in the dressing room during the game and the then captain offered to resign immediately after the game without any reason to do so.
He said there were many such suspicious incidents that happened, concerning the game which he told the then cricket management committee to probe.
Sangakkara, who was the captain of the side when Lanka suffered the agonising defeat, stated that getting to the bottom of the allegations is the best thing to do currently.
"He needs to take his "evidence" to the ICC and the Anti-corruption and Security Unit so the claims can be investigated thoroughly," tweeted Sangakkara.
Meanwhile, another former Lanka skipper Jayawardene said that it seems like the circus has started.
Responding to these allegations, Jayawardene tweeted: "Is the elections around the corner. Looks like the circus has started, names and evidence? #SLpolitics #ICC".
However, this is not the first time such allegations have been made on the 2011 World Cup final.
Back in 2017, then SL Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera had said he was willing to order a probe on the 2011 World Cup final following concerns raised by former captain-turned-minister Arjuna Ranatunga.
"Let anyone make a written complain I am ready to order an investigation," Jayasekera had said.
Ranatunga, who was one of the commentators during the final, had said that Sri Lankan performance on the day was questionable.
With Agency Inputs