Sangakkara grilled in WC fixing probe

Ross Houston
July 2, 2020

Statements have been recorded already from Aluthgamage, former Chairman of the National Selection Committee Aravinda de Silva and Sri Lanka opener Upul Tharanga.

According to local newspaper "Daily Mirror", which quoted SSP W A J H Fonseka, a Special Investigation Division of the Ministry of Sports has asked Sangakkara to record his statement.

Sri Lanka legend Kumar Sangakkara was questioned for almost 10 hours on Thursday by detectives probing explosive allegations the 2011 Cricket World Cup final was fixed under his captaincy.

"I came here to give a statement because of my responsibility to the game and respect for cricket", Sangakkara said after the end of his marathon questioning by detectives.

"Based on the statement given by Aravinda de Silva today, we have made a decision to summon a player from the 2011 squad, Upul Tharanga, tomorrow to record his statement", Fonseka was quoted as saying to the reporters outside his unit's office where the chief selector was questioned.

"I feel I can talk about it now", Mahindananda Aluthgamage told a local TV network last month. "I am not connecting players, but some sections were involved", he said.

Sri Lanka batted first and scored 274-6 off 50 overs.

The International Cricket Council is said to be investigating three unnamed former players over corruption claims, while Sri Lanka's captain in the final, Kumar Sangakkara, is encouraging Aluthgamage to share his allegations with the governing body. They appeared in a commanding position when Indian superstar Sachin Tendulkar was out for 18.

India had defeated Sri Lanka in the finals of the 2011 World Cup at the Wankhede Stadium.

Fonseka said they were obtaining intelligence reports as well as input from unspecified worldwide sources to continue their probe.

Later, Jayawadena lashed back at the former minister with his tweet, "When someone accuses that we sold the 2011 WC naturally it's a big deal because we don't know how one could fix a match and not be part of the playing 11?"

Sri Lankan cricket has earlier been linked to fixing allegations, latest being the claims of match-fixing ahead of a 2018 Test match against England. Offenders face fines of up to 100 million rupees ($555,000) and up to 10 years´ jail.

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