Probe launched into bombshell Cricket World Cup fixing claim

India won the 2011 Cricket World Cup after beating Sri Lanka in the final. Pic: Getty

Sri Lanka has ordered a criminal probe into allegations that the 2011 Cricket World Cup final was "sold" to India.

Officials confirmed the investigation was underway in the wake of bombshell claims from former sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage.

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"A criminal investigation has begun," K.D.S. Ruwanchandra, the secretary to the sports ministry said.

"It is handled by the (police) independent Special Investigation Unit on sports-related offences."

Mr Aluthgamage claimed earlier this month that Sri Lanka sold the match to ensure an Indian victory.

Aluthgamage, who was sports minister at the time, is the second senior figure to allege the final was fixed, after 1996 World Cup-winning skipper Arjuna Ranatunga.

"I tell you today that we sold the 2011 World Cup finals," Aluthgamage told Sirasa TV.

"Even when I was sports minister I believed this."

Aluthgamage, sports minister from 2010 to 2015 and now state minister for renewable energy and power, said he "did not want to disclose" the plot at the time.

"In 2011, we were to win, but we sold the match. I feel I can talk about it now. I am not connecting players, but some sections were involved," he said.

Ranatunga, who was at the stadium as a commentator, has previously called for an investigation into the defeat.

"When we lost, I was distressed and I had a doubt," he said in July 2017.

Former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga has suggested the 2011 World Cup final was fixed. Pic: Getty

"We must investigate what happened to Sri Lanka at the 2011 World Cup final."

"I cannot reveal everything now, but one day I will. There must be an inquiry," added Ranatunga, who said players could not hide the "dirt".

Dramatic Sri Lankan collapse raises suspicions

Local media reports said former skipper and chief selector for the 2011 finals, Aravinda de Silva, had been summoned for an interview with investigators on Tuesday.

After starting strongly, Sri Lanka lost the final at Mumbai's Wankhede stadium by six wickets.

Sri Lanka batted first and scored 274-6 off 50 overs. They appeared in a commanding position when Indian superstar Sachin Tendulkar was out for 18.

But India turned the game dramatically, thanks in part to poor fielding and bowling by Sri Lanka, who were led by Kumar Sangakkara.

Sangakkara had said Aluthgamage should share his allegations with the global governing body the International Cricket Council.

International cricket in Sri Lanka has previously been linked to corruption allegations, including claims of match-fixing ahead of a 2018 Test against England.

Earlier this month, the Sri Lankan cricket board said the ICC was investigating three unnamed ex-players over corruption claims.

with Yahoo Sport staff