Cricket: India's World Cup win under criminal investigation over match-fixing

India celebrate their win in the 2011 World Cup final.
India celebrate their win in the 2011 World Cup final. Photo credit: Getty

Sri Lanka's Government has commissioned an official criminal investigation into allegations that the 2011 Cricket World Cup final was "sold" to India.

Earlier this month, former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakarra urged the International Cricket Council to conduct a probe, after former sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage claimed that India had paid to ensure victory.

Gautam Gambhir and MS Dhoni slammed half-centuries to help India chase down 275 runs with 10 balls to spare to defeat Sri Lanka by six wickets in the final. 

"I tell you today that we [Sri Lanka team] sold the 2011 World Cup," Aluthgamage says. "I tell this with responsibility. 

“I feel I can talk about it now. I am not connecting players, but some sections were involved.

"I don't want to divulge too much for the sake of the country. I say the match against India, the one we could have won, we betrayed."

Local media reports said former skipper and chief selector for the 2011 finals, Aravinda de Silva, had been summoned for an interview with investigators on Tuesday.

Sangakkara had encouraged Aluthgamage to share his allegations with the ICC.

"It's a very serious allegation," Sangakkara told Associated Press.

"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."

Mahela Jayawardene, who scored a century for Sri Lanka in the final, echoes Sangakkara's comments.

"Is the elections around the corner... like the circus has started... names and evidence?" he has tweeted. 

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

Sri Lanka eliminated New Zealand in that 2011 tournament, beating them by five wickets in the semi-finals.

 

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