Probe launched into bombshell Cricket World Cup fixing claim

Upul Tharanga of Sri Lanka bats during the third ODI against Pakistan at Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on 18 October 2017

"Based on the statement given by Aravinda de Silva today, we have chose to summon a player from the 2011 squad, Upul Tharanga, tomorrow to record his statement".

De Silva himself declined comment as he walked out of the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) where he spent over six hours with at least three detectives investigating allegations that Sri Lanka sold the cup final to India.

Director of the Special Investigation Unit of the Ministry of Sport, SSP W.A.J.H.

Aravinda De Silva, who was the Chairman the Selection Committee of the Sri Lanka Cricket at the time, is expected to make his statement today on the matter.

"A criminal investigation has begun", said KDS Ruwanchandra, the secretary to the sports ministry, as quoted by news agency AFP.

Earlier this month during an interview with local TV channel "Sirasa", Aluthgamage had said that the 2011 World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka was fixed.

Tharanga, who is to be questioned Wednesday, was Sri Lanka's opener at the finals.

Aluthgamage, who was sports minister at the time, is the second senior figure to allege the final was fixed, after 1996 World Cup-winning skipper Arjuna Ranatunga.

Earlier, Aluthgamage's claims were rubbished by the 2011 world cup skipper Kumar Sangakkara and centurion Mahela Jayawardene. I am not connecting players, but some sections were involved.

"When we lost, I was distressed and I had a doubt", he said in July 2017. "We must investigate what happened to Sri Lanka at the 2011 World Cup final", Ranatunga had said.

Batting first, Sri Lanka scored 274 for six and removed Sachin Tendulkar for just 18 to leave India on the backfoot after the eventual winners lost two wickets for a meagre 31 runs.

"I can not reveal everything now, but one day I will".

Last month, the Sri Lankan cricket board said the International Cricket Council was investigating three unnamed ex-players over corruption claims.

Sri Lanka has previously been linked to allegations of cricket corruption including claims of match-fixing around a 2018 Test against England.

The ICC Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) had helped then-Sri Lanka government draft the legislation, in the wake of extensive investigations.



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