March 8, 2021

World Cup 2011 closing fixing allegations: Sri Lanka police questions Aravinda De Silva – cricket

Sri Lanka police questioned former captain Aravinda de Silva on Tuesday over the current allegations made by former Sri Lanka sports activities minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage claiming that Sri Lanka ‘offered’ the World Cup 2011 closing to make sure a victory for India, information company PTI reported. The report has come a day after information company AFP had reported that Sri Lanka police has opened a probe into the allegations. De Silva, who was the chairman of selectors for Sri Lanka crew in the course of the 2011 World Cup closing, was questioned by the police for over six hours, the report added.

Aluthgamage has alleged that his nation “offered” the sport to India, a declare that was ridiculed by former captains Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene who demanded proof from him. The allegations had been made on June 18, however the former sports activities minister later backtracked, saying it was simply his suspicion.

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A particular police investigation unit recorded Aluthgamage’s assertion final week. De Silva, who was the person of the match within the 1996 World Cup closing which Sri Lanka gained, was summoned by the police on Tuesday to file his assertion.

Police sources stated that Upul Tharanga, the left-handed opener who performed the 2011 closing at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, can be quizzed subsequent.

De Silva, in a column on The Sunday Instances earlier this month had refuted the allegations, and urged SLC, BCCI and the ICC to research the matter to filter any doubts on the topic. “We can’t let folks get away on a regular basis with lies. I request everybody, ICC, BCCI, and SLC to research this instantly.

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“Similar to we cherished our World Cup victory, gamers like Sachin (Tendulkar) cherish these moments for the remainder of their lives. I believe within the curiosity of Sachin and the hundreds of thousands of cricket followers throughout India, it’s the obligation of the Indian authorities and their cricket board to provoke an neutral inquiry to see whether or not they have gained a hard and fast World Cup,” he had written in his column. He additionally added that he was keen to journey to India to participate in an investigation regardless of the present COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2011 World Cup closing noticed Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara electing to bat after successful the toss. Mahela Jayawardena scored an excellent century and India had been requested to chase down a goal of 275. With the brilliance of Gautam Gambhir (97) after which skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (91*), India achieved the goal with six wickets in hand to win the trophy for the second time after 1983.

(With inputs from PTI)