Investigate 2011 World Cup – Arjuna

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Published by : CT WEB 2017-07-15 09:01:42

By Karuppiah Ramakrishnan

CT Sports: World Cup winning captain and Minister of Port and Shipping Arjuna Ranatunga demanded that an immediate inquiry into the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup final between Sri Lanka and India played in Mumbai.

He made this strong comments at a press conference held at his ministry on Thursday in response to comments made by former Sri Lanka Captain Kumar Sangakkara who earlier questioned as to whose responsibility the 2009 Tour of Pakistan was arranged.

Recently, former captain Kumar Sangakkara made media statements and requested to an investigation be made in 200 to why the team was sent to Pakistan when there were no proper answers to security concerns.

In reply to Sangakkara's statement Arjuna said, "If Sangakkara wants an inquiry into the tour of Pakistan, then they should have done. But I think we should also inquire what happened to the Sri Lanka Team during the 2011 World Cup final. I think this is something that the Sports Minister should look into rather than concentrating on fitness issues."

"I was on the panel of commentators during this World Cup final and I was really disappointed with Sri Lanka's performance."

"I cannot reveal what happened on that day, but I would someday reveal the truth. So, I think we should hold an inquiry into this matter," stressed Ranatunga.

We played the Asia Cup in Pakistan without any incidents and the tournament was a success. After that 'Charlie Austin's team' informed me that they want to go for the IPL (Indian Premier League). I refused to endorse the request as I could not betray my country. After that, the former Sports Minister Gamini Lokuge removed me from the Cricket Board," Ranatunga said.

Sri Lanka lost the 2011 World Cup final under the captaincy of Kumar Sangakkara.

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