Sri lanka to probe 2011 WC defeat

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By Shehan Daniel

Moments after the Indian Cricket Team’s arrival for a tour to the country Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera yesterday said that he was prepared to investigate Sri Lanka’s defeat in the 2011 Cricket World Cup final, following comments by former Captain Arjuna Ranatunga.

Last week Ranatunga, now the Minister of Petroleum and Renewable Resources, called for an inquiry into that final, against India, saying that he hoped to reveal the truth someday.“I will conduct an inquiry if there is a written request,” Minister Jayasekera told the  yesterday.

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Wankhede Stadium during the 2011 World Cup Final 

“However Minister Ranatunga must also share the information he has about the final,” Miniter Jayasekera added. 
Ranatunga’s comments came in response to suggestions by former cricketer Kumar Sangakkara to conduct an inquiry into the National Team’s tour to Pakistan in 2009, which he said the team went on without proper security assurances. 

Sangakkara was Sri Lanka’s Captain in the 2011 Cricket World Cup final which his team lost by six wickets at the Wankhede Stadium. 

I am surprised by Arjuna Ranatunga’s allegations. These are serious comments by a very respectable voice in international cricket. I think to clear the air, he should back his claims with proofs

Former Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage had also weighed in on the controversy telling the media that there were several disturbing factors about that final.  “Then there are also questions about the behaviour of a very senior player. During the match, instructions sent to the field were ignored,” the Minister had also said, adding that four last-minute changes were made to the team without his permission. 

He said his attempts to conduct an inquiry into it were shot down.   Several Indian cricketers who played in that final hit back at Ranatunga, with Gautam Gambhir, who top scored in that match saying that the 1996 World Cup winning captain should back his claims. 

“I am surprised by Arjuna Ranatunga’s allegations. These are serious comments by a very respectable voice in international cricket. I think to clear the air, he should back his claims with proofs,” Gambhir, who top-scored for India with 97 in the final, is reported to have said.

 

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