In a recent interview the former Sri Lankan skipper Arjuna Ranatunga alleged that the world cup 2011 was sold to demand. He demands an investigation of match fixing which led to the country’s 2011 World Cup final defeat by India. He clearly mentioned the allegations of match fixing. At the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai, India defeated Sri Lanka in the finals of the world cup. It was shocking for him that Sri Lanka was defeated by six-wicket.
What claims did Arjuna Ranatunga made?
On the day of world cup 2011 final, he was in India giving commentaries at the time. When Sri Lanka lost, he was distressed but had a doubt on it. He said that investigation is necessary to find out what happened to Sri Lanka at the 2011 World Cup final. He again mentioned that he can’t everything right now, but one day he will surely prove it if there is an inquiry on it. Without mentioning the names of the players, he claimed that players can’t hide the filth in their clean cricket clothing.
What happened in the World cup 2011 final match?
The World cup 2011 final was conducted between India and Sri Lanka where Sri Lanka was batting first and scored 274-6 in 50 overs. It was quite commanding position in a situation when Sachin Tendulkar was caught for just 18.
But India turned the game dramatically because of poor fielding and bowling by Sri Lankan team. There was suspicion when Sri Lankans were throwing the match, but there was no formal call for an investigation till date.
Ranatunga even wrote to President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe where he complained about the state of cricket in the country. There have been recriminations because the suffered a humiliating 3-2 loss to bottom-ranked Zimbabwe in a five-match one-day series which was held in the country.
These allegations gave rise to tension between Sri Lankan sports authorities and players. There were controversies about the use of managers, that included an agent who represented more than half the national team. Now the Sports minister of the country, Dayasiri Jayasekera wants to frame regulations for the agents in cricket to prevent the possibility of one individual fixing matches using a network of players under his management.
What are other allegations?
- The Skipper Kumar Sangakkara, led Sri Lanka in the 2011 World Cup defeat, stood for his manager. His manager is also an agent for many other local players.
- The International Cricket Council imposed a three-year ban on a top Sri Lankan official Jayananda Warnaweera because he was not cooperating with an anti-corruption investigation.
- Warnaweera, faced a two-year domestic ban over allegations of involvement in match-fixing. Along with that he failed to attend interviews with an ICC anti-corruption unit.
- There are number of Sri Lankan players and umpires who are accused of match fixing in the past.
- Among other players, Warnaweera was the high-ranking official who was found guilty and penalised.
- Sri Lanka’s cricket board even suspended a fast bowling coach who was even a part-time employee in approach to two Sri Lankan players to arrange a defeat by West Indies at Galle in October 2015.
- An unnamed man who was believed to offer the players around Rs10 million for losing the match.
Betting is illegal but backstreet bookmakers with underworld links still flourish especially during the World Cup. This time no big-name Sri Lankan player has ever been convicted of corruption but there are always allegations of match fixing or spot-fixing made against them.