Former Minister of Sports Mahindananda Aluthgamage says he is not satisfied with the investigations conducted over his match fixing claims relating to the 2011 Cricket World Cup finals.
Speaking in Parliament today, Minister Aluthgamage said he did not accuse the players of being involved in match fixing.
He said instead of questioning administrative officials, players were interrogated over his claims.
Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage noted that the then Sri Lanka Cricket Board President and Secretary and the Manager of the National Team were not questioned over the claims.
He said instead players were interrogated and a report was submitted to the Attorney General without substantiating the claims.
Former Minister of Sports Mahindananda Aluthgamage stressed that match fixing persists in cricket at present and therefore action needs to be taken to eliminate corruption from the game altogether.
Minister Aluthgamage stressed that without eliminating corruption from cricket, Sri Lanka will not be able to win another World Cup.
Minister Aluthgamage stated that he was making a genuine attempt to address issues within cricket.
He said following his match fixing assertion, some groups carried out a campaign to defeat him at the Parliamentary Election.
Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage said irrespective of parties hurling allegations at him, he is convinced that match fixing took place during the 2011 Cricket World Cup.
He was responding to a question raised by Parliamentarian Mujibur Rahuman.
MP Rahuman said since investigations have revealed match fixing has not taken place during the final, action must be taken against Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage.
Parliamentarian Mujibur Rahuman questioned Minister of Sports Namal Rajapaksa as to what action will be taken against Minister Aluthgamage under the Sports Act or any other law in the country for making baseless allegations.
In response, Minister Namal Rajapaksa said all individuals should be given an opportunity to lodge a complaint if they have suspicions over an incident, especially related to match fixing.
He said if complaints are made to the International Cricket Council or to Police, an investigation will take place.
Minister Rajapaksa said at times investigations may not reveal any corruption, but it will also discourage persons from engaging in match fixing.
He said if complainants are punished, it will prevent them from coming forward.
Minister Namal Rajapaksa said therefore he is of the view, that if anyone has suspicions over match fixing, they should be allowed to raise it with Police or the ICC.