Sri Lanka's cricket chief has hit out at former captain Arjuna Ranatunga over claims of corruption running to the top in Sri Lanka and also questioning the country's 2011 World Cup defeat
Thilanga Sumathipala questioned why Ranatunga-led Sri Lanka’s 1999 World Cup debacle should not be questioned. Ranatunga, who is now Sri Lanka's petroleum minister, has constantly raised doubts over corruption in Sri Lankan cricket.
"He could not come to the final round in 1999. We were out from the first round. We lost badly in some matches, and people were also saying at that time 'don't know whether this man has thrown the match'," Sumathipala was quoted as saying in an AFP report.
On his allegations against Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, Sumathipala added, "Why is he trying to drag them into this seven years after the match. We are implying that Sanga and Mahela have thrown the match.
"It's not fair. Sanga and Mahela have done so much for world cricket and they are respectable people in the eyes of the public,” he further said in thee report.
--By A Cricket Correspondent