Recently, the Sri Lankan cricket has gone through the match-fixing allegation regarding the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 final. Then Sri Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakkara, who was recently questioned by the investigation team, has felt disappointing and amusing at the same time during this drama.
In the last month, the former Sri Lankan sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage strongly claimed that he suspected the match-fixing incident during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 final.
India and Sri Lanka met in that game at the Wankhede Stadium (Mumbai) on 2nd April 2011. After winning the toss, Kumar Sangakkara-led Sri Lanka scored 274/6 (50 overs) in the first batting, majorly thanks to Mahela Jayawardene’s century (103*).
In reply, though the Indian team lost both the openers cheaply, they reached the target in 48.2 overs after losing four wickets (277/4). Gautam Gambhir scored 97 runs while the Indian captain MS Dhoni scored 91 not out in that successful chasing.
Even after nine years of that final match, Mahindananda Aluthgamage strongly came up with the match-fixing charges. Incidentally, during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 final, he was the Sri Lankan sports minister.
After Aluthgamage’s accusations, Sangakkara faced the questions from the investigation team. Meanwhile, his teammate and former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene, who hit a century in that final, and then chief selector Aravinda de Silva also faced questions on that matter. However, the investigation team didn’t find any wrongdoings during that final match.
Recently, Sangakkara has reacted when he was asked about his feeling on this entire controversial matter.
According to Cricbuzz, Sangakkara said, “It is disappointing and also a bit amusing at times. And we had that recently when the ex-sports minister did quite a frivolous claim and we had to go in and answer questions.”
Making those statements was really really healthy for the game: Kumar Sangakkara
The 42-year-old former wicketkeeper-batsman feels that answering those questions were healthy for the game as people need to understand the respect for the game.
Sangakkara added, “Actually, to go through and answer those questions, and making those statements was really really healthy for the game, whether it was me, the selectors, Mahela or anyone else. I think that process is really important for people to understand what respect for the game means. The game of cricket needs people of integrity and people who are not afraid to speak their minds.”
The former Sri Lankan captain also took a dig at Aluthgamage without taking his name.
Sangakkara continued, “And also when you have any questions to be answered, you don’t need to hide, you can answer any of those. When it comes to politics, when you have politically and morally corrupt individuals, who are affiliated with the sport even in an official capacity, you understand where all this comes from and you don’t have to be afraid to second guess what their motivations are.”