Sri Lanka batting great Aravinda de Silva refuted former sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage’s fixing claims, saying a probe should be conducted to expose the lies.
Aravinda de Silva, who hit a match-winning hundred in the 1996 World Cup final against Australia, said people should not be allowed to get away with lies and urged the Indian government and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to conduct an ‘impartial inquiry’ into the allegations.
In the latest episode of match-fixing claims in the World Cup 2011 final, former Sri Lanka sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage said Sri Lanka had ‘sold’ the World Cup trophy to India in the final.
India went on to win the 2011 World Cup final after successfully chasing a 275-run target with 7 wickets to spare. India lost the likes of Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar early during their chase but nineties from Gautam Gambhir and skipper MS Dhoni helped Inida create history at the Wankhede Stadium.
Calling for a probe into the allegations to clear the misconceptions once and for all, Aravinda de Silva said such allegations affect people, including the Indian cricketers ‘who deservingly won’ the World Cup title.
“When serious allegations like these are being made, it affects a lot of people. In this case not only us, the selectors, the players and the team management but Indian cricketers who deservingly won the world title. We need to clear this once and for all for the greater good of the game we love,” Aravinda de Silva told The Sunday Times.
“We cannot let people get away all the time with lies. I request everyone, ICC, BCCI and SLC to investigate this immediately.
“Just like we cherished our World Cup victory, players like Sachin (Tendulkar) cherish these moments for the rest of their lives. I think in the interest of Sachin and the millions of cricket fans across India, it’s the duty of the Indian government and their cricket board to initiate an impartial inquiry to see whether they have won a fixed World Cup.”
These are flimsy allegation: Aravinda
Notably, the Sri Lankan government on Saturday ordered a probe into the ex-sports minister’s allegation of fixing in the showpiece event final.
Aravinda de Silva, who was part of the Sri Lankan selection committee during the 2011 World Cup, hit out at the ex-sports minister, saying Aluthgamage is a man of ‘no credibility’ and is making ‘wild allegations’.
“These are all flimsy allegations and if he had any doubt he should have gone to ICC ACU then,”…