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Jayawardene’s spat with ex-sports minister over 2011 World Cup final match-fixing claim continues

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

Mahela Jayawardene has, once again, lashed out at Sri Lanka’s former sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage, who alleged that the 2011 World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka was fixed.

“When some one accuses that we sold the 2011 WC naturaly [sic] it’s a big deal cus [sic] we don’t know how one could fix a match and not be part of the playing 11? Hopefully we will get enlightened after 9 years,” Jayawardene said in his latest tweet.

The former Sri Lanka captain, who scored an 88-ball-103 in the final, was responding to Aluthgamage’s comments that he didn’t understand why “Sanga and Mahela are making a big deal about this.”

“Mahela has said that the circus has started. I don’t understand why Sanga and Mahela are making a big deal about this,” Aluthgamage was quoted as saying by dailymirror.lk. “I am not referring to any of our players. Everyone is talking about just two minutes of a half an hour interview I gave to a TV channel. Even Arjuna Ranatunga has openly talked about match-fixing issues earlier.”

Since the ex-Sri Lanka sports minister made the claims about the 2011 WC final being fixed earlier this week, both Kumar Sangakkara and Jayawardene have taken to Twitter to question the legitimacy of Aluthgamage’s comments, and urged him to provide evidence to the ICC.

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