Sri Lanka opens probe into 2011 World Cup final fixed allegations

Probe launched into bombshell Cricket World Cup fixing claim

Statements have been recorded already from Aluthgamage, former Chairman of the National Selection Committee Aravinda de Silva and Sri Lanka opener Upul Tharanga. Fonseka, told the Daily News yesterday that they would take statements from those in line with the remit of the investigation.

A criminal probe has been ordered by Sri Lanka on Monday, to look into the allegations that the 2011 World Cup final in Mumbai was "sold" to India. "I gave my statement", Tharanga told reporters without giving further details.

Local media reports said former skipper and chief selector for the 2011 finals, Aravinda de Silva, had been summoned for an interview with investigators on Tuesday.

Last month, Aluthgamage had shocked the cricket world, claiming that the game was fixed.

Earlier, he reiterated the match was "sold", however, he did not name any player involved. The Lankans ended up losing the match by six wickets after posting 274 for six in their 50 overs.

India had defeated Sri Lanka in the finals of the 2011 World Cup at the Wankhede Stadium. Sangakkara and his deputy Jayawardena quit their positions in the team after the stunning defeat.

After a controversial toss, the Sangakkara led team opted to bat first and could not defend their total in front of hosts India.

Fonseka said they were obtaining intelligence reports as well as inputs from unspecified worldwide sources to continue their probe into one of cricket's most explosive match-fixing controversies.

De Silva refrained from commenting after he walked out of the Special Investigation Unit (SIU), where he spent over six hours with at least three detectives.

Sri Lankan cricket has been plagued by several corruption scandals, including claims of match-fixing ahead of a 2018 Test against England.

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?"

The consequences for any players found guilty are likely to be severe after match-fixing was made a criminal offense in Sri Lanka in November, introducing punishments of up to $555,000 and up to 10 years in jail for offenders.



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