Colombo - Former Sri Lanka skipper Arjuna Ranatunga on
Friday demanded an investigation into the country's 2011 Cricket World Cup
final defeat by India amid allegations of match fixing.
Ranatunga, 53, in a video posted on his Facebook page, said
he was shocked by Sri Lanka's six-wicket defeat in the final at the Wankhede
stadium in Mumbai.
"I was also in India giving commentaries at the time.
When we lost, I was distressed and I had a doubt," Ranatunga said.
"We must investigate what happened to Sri Lanka at the 2011 World Cup
"I cannot reveal everything now, but one day I will.
There must be an inquiry."
Without giving names, Ranatunga said players could not hide
the "dirt" with their clean white cricket clothing.
Sri Lanka, batting first, scored 274-6 off 50 overs and
appeared in a commanding position when Indian superstar Sachin Tendulkar was
caught for 18. India turned the game dramatically thanks partly to poor
fielding and bowling by Sri Lanka.
Local media have raised suspicions of Sri Lankans throwing
the match, but there was no formal call for an investigation till Ranatunga's
Ranatunga's spokesperson Thamira Manju said that he was
writing to President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil
Wickremesinghe complaining about the state of cricket in the country.
There have been recriminations in the country since Sri
Lanka suffered a humiliating 3-2 loss to bottom-ranked Zimbabwe in a five-match
one-day series on home soil this month.
There is also growing tension between Sri Lankan sports
authorities and players about the use of managers, including an agent who
represents more than half the national team.
Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera has said he wants to
regulate agents in cricket in a bid to prevent the possibility of one
individual fixing matches using a network of players under his management.
Former Skipper Kumar Sangakkara, who led Sri Lanka in the
2011 World Cup defeat, has publicly defended his manager, a foreign national,
who is also an agent for many other local players.
Last year, the International Cricket Council imposed a
three-year ban on a top Sri Lankan official Jayananda Warnaweera for failing to
cooperate with an anti-corruption investigation.
Warnaweera, a former Test player who was facing a two-year
domestic ban over allegations of involvement in match-fixing, failed to attend
interviews with an ICC anti-corruption unit.
Sri Lankan players and umpires have been accused of match
fixing in the past, but Warnaweera was the high ranking official to be found
guilty and penalised.
Sri Lanka's cricket board suspended a fast bowling coach and
sacked a part-time employee for their alleged roles in approach to two Sri
Lankan players to arrange a defeat by West Indies at Galle in October 2015.
An unnamed man linked to a bookmaker had offered the two
players some around $70 000 to lose the match.
Betting is illegal in most of the cricket-mad Indian
subcontinent, but backstreet bookmakers - many with underworld links - still
Although no big-name Sri Lankan player has ever been
convicted of corruption, several former stars have made allegations of match
fixing or spot-fixing - when players deliberately bowl or field badly to give
away a set number of runs.