The Secretary of the Sri Lankan Sports Ministry has launched an investigation into the accusations leveled by former sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage who, on Thursday, claimed that the 2011 World Cup final between Sri Lanka and India was fixed.
A source close to the ministry confirmed on Friday that an investigation had been launched on the matter.
Former Sports Minister Harin Fernando, taking to his twitter on Friday, said that the International Cricket Council (ICC) should get involved in this matter rather.
“Former Sports Minister Mahindananda rather than making unsubstantiated wild allegations he should complain to ICC with evidence as I did when I was the Sports Minister on a different fixing approach,” said Fernando.
“Last year we were able to pass the Prevention of Offences Relating to Sports Act in Parliament. Which can be used to punish any wrongdoers in sports,” he added.
Aluthgamage 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. Even when I was sports minister I believed this.” Aluthgamage had told Sirasa TV.
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 of the World Cup.
“In 2011, we were to win, but we sold the match. I feel I can talk about it now. I am not connecting players, but some sections were involved,” he said.