Sri Lanka sports ministry likely to approach ICC for fixing probe

By Muhammad Asif Khan - June 20, 2020

Karachi: The sports ministry of Sri Lanka is likely to reach out to the International Cricket Council (ICC) with a request to probe into the allegations levelled by the former Sports Minister of Sri Lanka, Mahindananda Aluthgamage that his country “sold” the 2011 World Cup final to India.

This is not the first incident that the same match came into question. About two years back, former captain Arjuna Ranatunga claimed that the 2011 final, when India beat Sri Lanka, was tainted although he did not give details.

As per a well placed source a few players of the 2011 Sri Lanka squad met with some government and sports ministry officials to decide this issue once and for all and sought for evidence from the accuser.

On the other hand, the secretary of the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Mohan De Silva has rubbished the accusations by the former sports minister.

“The statement came as a shock to us, Totally uncalled for and baseless allegations to undermine our players and tarnish the image of the cricket board, players and country”, Mohan De Silva stressed

“It was indeed embarrassing for our players”, the SLC Secretary added

It is pertinent to mention here that Ranatunga’s brother was the secretary of the SLC in 2011 however he could not be reached for comments.

On other matters the secretary of the SLC said that they were ready to hold the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka in September however waiting for the final nod of the Asian Cricket Council.

De Silva however optimistic to stage the Sri Lankan Premier T20 league in August this year

By Muhammad Asif Khan

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