There seems to be no end to the 2011 World Cup final match fixing controversy in Sri Lanka. After former sports minister Aluthgamage’s claims shocked the world, legendary cricketers from the country have been questioned by the police.
Now it was the turn of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, who were grilled for over five hours by the police. But that led to protests by the Youth Alliance of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB), in front of the sports ministry.
Members of the Samagi Tharuna Balawegaya (@youthforsjb) are currently staging a protest outside the SLC against the harassment Cricketer Kumar Sangakkara and 2011 cricket team. #SriLanka #LKA #Matchfixing #ProtestSL via @kataclysmichaos pic.twitter.com/BfOr6tcsOK— Sri Lanka Tweet 🇱🇰 (@SriLankaTweet) July 2, 2020
as per the reports, the protest was held against the continuous harassment of Sangakkara.
SJB's Sajith Premadasa also tweeted in support of the former Sri Lanka skipper.
Continuous harassment of @KumarSanga2 and our 2011 cricket heroes must be strongly opposed. Government behavior is deplorable.— Sajith Premadasa (@sajithpremadasa) July 2, 2020
Aluthgamage had earlier claimed that the final at Wankhede Stadium was fixed as they could've won the match easily.
"The 2011 Cricket World Cup final was fixed. I stand by what I say. It took place when I was the minister of sports," Aluthgamage had said last month.
"However, I do not wish to expose details for the sake of the country. The game against India in 2011, the game we could have won, was fixed.
"I say this with a responsibility and I can come forward for a debate. The people are concerned about it. I would not involve the cricketers in this.
"However, certain groups were definitely involved in fixing the game," he added.