The Special Investigation Division of the Ministry of Sports has summoned former Sri Lanka Cricket Captains Aravinda De Silva, Upul Tharanga and Kumar Sangakkara to record statements over match-fixing allegations in relation to the 2011 Cricket World Cup final.
After former Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage stated that the 2011 World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka was fixed, there was an uproar among former cricketers to conduct investigations on this matter. The former Sports Minister clarified that he only suspected the final was fixed, the Sports Ministry has filed a complaint at the special investigations unit of the Sports Ministry calling for an immediate investigation and to follow action.
On June 24th, the Special Investigation Division of the Ministry of Sports recorded a statement from Aluthgamage at his office in Nawalapitiya.
The head of the selection committee of Sri Lanka Cricket in 2011, Aravinda de Silva was then summoned to appear at the Special Investigation Division on 30th June at 2.30pm and he had left the place after giving his statement for nearly 6 hours.
After that, opener of Sri Lanka Cricket team in the 2011 World Cup final, Upul Tharanga was also summoned to the same division for a statement on July 1st.
The next person to face an inquiry over the incident will be Sri Lanka skipper in 2011 World Cup Kumar Sangakkara who has been requested to report to Sport Ministry’s Special Investigation Division tomorrow (2).
Meanwhile, another former Sport Minister of Sri Lanka, Harin fernando posted on his twitter, “This madness has to stop. These cricketers are our pride. We must be the first country to question all players over an unreliable statement which is clearly aimed at diverting public attention from the real issues the public is facing. Shame”, he Tweeted.
This madness has to stop, These Cricketers are our pride. We must be the first country to question all players over an unreliable statement which is clearly aimed at diverting public attention from the real issues public facing. Shame https://t.co/ap6MdPDfcY
— Harin Fernando (@fernandoharin) June 30, 2020
The match in question, the final of 2011 World Cup final was played between Sri Lanka and India at Wankede Stadium, Mumbai and India won the match by 6 wickets after chasing 275 in 48.2 overs.