Sri Lanka’s chief cricket selector for the 2011 cricket World Cup was grilled for six hours firstly of a legal investigation into match fixing, a detective mentioned Tuesday. Former Sri Lanka skipper and the chief selector, Aravinda de Silva, was the primary to be interviewed by the newly established sports-related anti-corruption unit, its Superintendent Jagath Fonseka mentioned. “Today we started the investigation into (2011 World Cup) match fixing allegations,” Fonseka informed reporters outdoors his unit’s workplace the place the chief selector was questioned.
“Based on the statement given by Aravinda de Silva today, we have decided to summon a player from the 2011 squad, Upul Tharanga, tomorrow to record his statement.”
Fonseka mentioned they had been acquiring intelligence experiences in addition to inputs from unspecified worldwide sources to proceed their probe into one among cricket’s most explosive match-fixing controversies.
De Silva himself declined remark as he walked out of the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) the place he spent over six hours with at the very least three detectives investigating allegations that Sri Lanka offered the cup ultimate to India.
Tharanga, who’s to be questioned Wednesday, was Sri Lanka’s opener on the finals. He scored simply two runs throughout his 30 minute keep on the crease going through 20 balls.
The investigation was prompted by former sports activities minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage who claimed earlier this month that Sri Lanka offered the match to make sure an Indian victory.
“I feel I can talk about it now. I am not connecting players, but some sections were involved,” Aluthgamage mentioned.
The island nation’s 1996 World Cup-winning skipper Arjuna Ranatunga has additionally forged doubt on the consequence and beforehand known as for an investigation.
After beginning strongly, Sri Lanka misplaced the ultimate at Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium by six wickets.
Sri Lanka batted first and scored 274-6 off 50 overs. They appeared in a commanding place when Indian celebrity Sachin Tendulkar was out for 18.
But India turned the sport dramatically, thanks partly to poor fielding and bowling by Sri Lanka, who had been led by Kumar Sangakkara.
Sangakkara had mentioned Aluthgamage ought to share his allegations with the worldwide governing physique the International Cricket Council.
International cricket in Sri Lanka has beforehand been linked to corruption allegations, together with claims of match-fixing forward of a 2018 Test towards England.
Earlier this month, the Sri Lankan cricket board mentioned the ICC was investigating three unnamed ex-players over corruption claims.
Match-fixing was made a legal offence in November. Offenders face fines of as much as 100 million rupees ($555,000) and as much as 10 years’ jail.
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