COLOMBO: Sri Lanka sports minister Dayasiri Jayasekera said he is willing to order a probe on the 2011 World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka following concerns raised by former captain-turned-minister Arjuna Ranatunga.
“Let anyone make a written complain I am ready to order an investigation,” Jayasekera told reporters on Wednesday.
Ranatunga, who was present at the Wankhede Stadium as a commentator, had said that Sri Lankan performance on the day was questionable and it must be investigated.
Jayasekera’s response came after comments made by his predecessor Mahindananda Aluthgamage who was also present at the match where Sri Lanka surrendered to India after posting an impressive 274.
Aluthgamage told a local TV yesterday that the managers report had claimed that a senior Sri Lankan player had smoked as many as over 50 cigarettes in the dressing room during the game and the then captain offered to resign immediately after the game without any reason to do so.
He said there were many such suspicious incidents concerning the game which he told the then cricket management committee to probe.
The controversy over the 2011 final raged after Sri Lanka’s first ever loss to Zimbabwe in the ODIs.