Sri Lanka’s Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera has said he is ready to order a probe of the 2011 men’s World Cup final between his country and India. But the only catch is that former skipper Arjuna Ranatunga will have to make available all required evidence of the match being fixed.Also Read - SL vs IND | Difficult Situation For us But we Decided to Stay on And Play Series: Shikhar Dhawan
Speaking to ANI over the telephone, Jayasekara revealed that Sri Lanka are not in favour of raising the issue, but if Ranatunga has substantial evidence and forwards a written request, an inquiry can be initiated. Also Read- Here’s Why After Six Years Arjuna Ranatunga Has Demanded a Probe Into 2011 Cricket World Cup Final! Also Read - SL vs IND, 3rd T20I: Sri Lanka Spinners Expose India's Batsmen to Register 7-Wicket Win, Clinch Series 2-1
“If Arjuna is sending us a letter asking to have a proper inquiry with all the evidence he has, we can have an inquiry… This point of time, we don’t want to bother the team. India are also here and we don’t want to upset them,”Jayasekara was quoted as saying by ANI. Also Read - India vs Sri Lanka Match Highlights 3rd T20I Updates From Colombo: Hasaranga Shines as Sri Lanka Beat India by 7 Wickets to Clinch Series 2-1
“But if Arjuna has problem, if he feels there is a kind of fixing situation he can send me a request letter with all the details and evidence. To prove it, he should have all the details and evidence,” he added.
Earlier this month, Ranatunga had alleged that the 2011 ICC World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka was fixed and hence called for an investigation into the same. The former cricketer’s allegations came after he responded to another former player, Kumar Sangakkara’s remarks that the Sri Lanka’s tour of Pakistan in 2009, during which terror attack on the visiting team took place, was not properly arranged.
The two Sri Lanka cricket greats are involved in a war of words, and thus the credibility of 2011 World Cup final is in doubt.