Sangakkara Opens Up on Being Investigated For World Cup Fixing

Cricket has stood the test of time thanks to the passionate cricket fans that keep coming to watch the major cricket tournaments every year. Needless to say, the biggest cricket tournament in the world is the ICC World Cup, which comes around every four years.

As for the ICC World Cup, 10 teams qualify through the One Day International Championship, where the host nation is guaranteed a place and a separate qualifier tournament is played for the last spot. The 10 teams then form a group when everyone plays each other until the top four teams reach the semi-finals and then the finals.

The last World Cup was hosted in 2019 by England, who went on to win the dramatic final game. Also, it was the most-watched ICC event ever, with a global cumulative average audience of 1.6 billion for live coverage.

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The 2011 World Cup was enthralling as India became the first home nation to win a World Cup when they defeated Sri Lanka in the final at iconic Wankhede. It was an emotional journey for India as it was the last match for Sachin Tendulkar.

Having won the toss, Sri Lanka opted to bet first and Mahela Jayawardene’s unbeaten 103 took Sri Lanka to 274/6 in 50 overs. India was in trouble at the start, but the 109-run stand between MS Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir took India to the cusp of the victory. Dhoni smashed Kulasekara over-long to seal the fate of the match, creating a lifetime memory in the mind of every Indian fan.

Earlier, India defeated Pakistan in the semi-final whereas Sri Lanka won against New Zealand in the other semi-final. Pakistan was hoping to upstage India but the much-vaunted challenge fell away before India.

Cricket needs people of Integrity: Sangakkara

Recently, Sri Lanka Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage has sparked a raging controversy by claiming that the 2011 World Cup final was fixed. Aluthgamage was the sports minister during the 2011 ICC Cricket Men’s World Cup and it was a game that Lankans could have won.

Aluthgamage’s allegations led to a criminal probe by the Sri Lanka police. Kumar Sangakkara, the captain of the Sri Lanka team at that time and Aarvinda de Silva, the chief selector at that time, were also questioned. However, the case was dropped in July due to lack of evidence to back the match-fixing claims.

In a recent interview, Sangakkara spoke on the investigation and called it ‘disappointing’. However, he admitted that it could be ‘healthy’ for the game.

“It is disappointing and also a bit amusing sometimes. And we had that recently when the ex-sports minister Aluthgamage made quite a frivolous claim and we had to go in and answer questions,” Sangakkara was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.

According to Sangakkara, answering these claims is healthy and might prove helpful for the game in the long run. The game of cricket needs people of ‘integrity’, said Sangakkara.

“Actually, to go through and answer those questions, and making those statements was really healthy for the game, whether it was me, the selectors or anyone else. I think that process is really important for people to understand what respect for cricket means,” Sangakkara said. “The game of cricket needs people of integrity and people who are not afraid to speak their minds,” he further added.

“And also, when you have any questions to be answered, you don’t need to hide, you can answer any of those. When it comes to politics, when you have politically and morally corrupt individuals, who are affiliated with cricket even in an official capacity, you understand where all this comes from and you don’t have to be afraid to second guess what their motivations are,” Sangakkara further said on the match-fixing investigation.