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I will reveal truth about 2011 WC final: Arjuna

14 July 2017 10:16 am - 33     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


World Cup winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga yesterday demanded an immediate inquiry into the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup final between Sri Lanka and India played in Mumbai, India.

He said this 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.

Sangakkara asked that an investigation be made into why the team was sent to Pakistan when there were no proper answers to security concerns.


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“If Mr. Sangakkara wants an inquiry into the tour of Pakistan then they should have one. 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,” Ranatunga, the Minister of Petroleum and Renewable Resources said.

“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,” Ranatunga said.

“S. Liyanagama was the Competent Authority at that time and I was the President of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) a few months before. We played the Asia Cup in Pakistan without any incident 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.

He made this statement at a press conference held at the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation office in Colombo. (Ada)

  Comments - 33

  • DD Friday, 14 July 2017 11:10 AM

    Well there was a conspiracy behind the lost. Even Sanga's reaction was all wrong.

    Rikaz Friday, 14 July 2017 11:22 AM

    This very appochi's land has lot of secrets, but no one will reveal it. If you know something happened was wrong you sbould expose it immediately, rather than bullying others

    ANTON Friday, 14 July 2017 11:24 AM


    DHA Friday, 14 July 2017 11:25 AM

    Please if you happen to know any secrets pls come forth we need to know the truth......

    Srilankan Friday, 14 July 2017 11:25 AM

    in sri lanka, we have lots of hidden secrets. everyone has a file and some stories but unfortunately no one wants to share these secrets!!!!Puss Wedilla!!!!!

    ANTON Friday, 14 July 2017 11:27 AM


    Casanova Friday, 14 July 2017 03:51 PM

    True, belly is not an issue at all as long as you know different positions.

    Ramzadeen Friday, 14 July 2017 11:32 AM

    This would be an interesting match, 'Arjuna vs Sangakkara' played on the political field, we are awaiting for the result... most probably would be a draw... but 2011 phenomenon should be answered...Sanga too said he would reveal one day the reason for the 2011 world cup loss.

    yahiya Friday, 14 July 2017 11:40 AM

    Golden old days rules are not applicable to present cricketers. But board need to bring in order with discipline leadership.

    Kadiya Friday, 14 July 2017 11:47 AM

    'I will reveal the truth' has now become a famous catchword!!!

    Trehan Munsinghe Friday, 14 July 2017 11:54 AM

    Everyone knows Sri Lanka was requested to lose the WC2011 Final to India, and that order was carried out appropriately. Mr. Ranatunga or anyone doesn't need to reveal it, most who know the game very well know that Sri Lanka didn't play 100% that day, you can watch the game on repeat and see. Sad truth it hurt all of us Cricket fans for life. Those who gave the official order will suffer the consequences, not the players or captains fault.

    Modaya Monday, 17 July 2017 08:46 AM

    Words of wisdom...blatant truth..

    Raj Friday, 14 July 2017 11:57 AM

    That means you have some truth that you have hidden from public all these years. That makes you were not genuine and you are breaking laws of the country! We should also hold an inquiry as to how many matches we lost as you were fat and not fit those days which made you walking between stumps!!

    Nuwan Friday, 14 July 2017 12:09 PM

    Sanga requested for an investigation to find out who is responsible for sending them to Pakistan and subsequently faced attack.Let the cat out of the pocket.... now

    daily boru Friday, 14 July 2017 12:10 PM

    Only now you want a investigation. What were you doing all this time? Third class behavior.

    Sharon Friday, 14 July 2017 12:16 PM

    He has reached the limit if Ego. He will burst very soon

    Raizuh Langai Friday, 14 July 2017 12:29 PM

    When it comes to national issues none can hold back the truth. Time and again people of high pedestal claim that they know this

    Jaya Friday, 14 July 2017 12:39 PM

    And we know who let our cricketers down in the commentator box saying that SL will not even enter the Quarter Finals in 2007 WC!. SL even entered the Finals and had to be defeated due to 'bad' bad light decision. We remember things better than what you could recollect!

    Haramanis Friday, 14 July 2017 12:42 PM

    First let us know all your secrets and doings during the period when you were Minister of Ports

    Rohan M Friday, 14 July 2017 01:00 PM

    What about the famous test loss to Australia by 16 runs?? Need an inquiry for match fixing.

    TJ Friday, 14 July 2017 01:11 PM

    Was he withholding those secrets all these time to blackmail someone?

    Hiran Friday, 14 July 2017 02:26 PM

    Well, the police would want to talk to you first since you claim to know something about the final.

    REEZ Friday, 14 July 2017 02:30 PM

    Its like I have everyone's file.This country has thousands of secretes without revealed. From Lasantha to Thajudeen. From Wijeweera to Prabakaran. Never ending this saga. Recent 3-2 lost to Zim also will be a secret very soon.

    Thanos Friday, 14 July 2017 02:34 PM

    Simple. Truth is Sri Lanka lost the finals.

    Shelly. Friday, 14 July 2017 02:45 PM

    Spoilt cricket nd Spoilt crickters. via DM Android App

    Tony A Friday, 14 July 2017 02:53 PM

    When are we going to know the truth? and nothing but the truth.

    Dayawathie Friday, 14 July 2017 03:09 PM

    You don't have to be Einstien to work out that 2011 game was given to India on a platter. One simple question was that at the crucial moment Malinga was not given the ball to bowl. He was bowling magnificently on that night, but didn't use him at the crucial moment. Everyone please have a look at the game again and look at Kumar's body language.

    Asoka Friday, 14 July 2017 03:34 PM

    For what purpose you were hiding the truth so long? Not only Sanga Mahela double, nobody is perfect. Specially the Ranatunga family...

    mnsmart Friday, 14 July 2017 07:51 PM

    Attention , Interest Theory - but no Desire , No Action

    putha 1 Friday, 14 July 2017 08:33 PM

    look at the match again. Sangakkara has given up the match for good by the 25th over. his body language shows it.

    Hubert Friday, 14 July 2017 08:35 PM

    Truth cannot be kept hidden for 6 years unless it is a lie

    Rama Sunday, 16 July 2017 12:40 AM

    sour losers.

    Colombo Master Monday, 17 July 2017 07:08 PM

    Sir, we still respect you for the honour you contributed to our county. Before we lose whatever respect that is left of you, please use your energy to develop cricket, improve our rankings in all forms of the game and help bring us more championship titles is what we request you to do.

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