Former Sri Lankan captain Aravinda de Silva subjected to police inquiry over WC 2011 match fixing

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Amid the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak across the globe and people are struggling with it, one news that left everyone in shock was India’s 2011 World Cup title was corrupted which they won by beating Sri Lanka. However, Sri Lanka’s chief cricket selector for the 2011 cricket World Cup was interrogated for six long hours about the match-fixing, a detective shared on Tuesday. On the other hand, former Sri Lanka captain and the chief selector, Aravinda de Silva, was the first one to be interviewed by the newly established sports-related anti-corruption unit for the same matter.

Superintendent Jagath Fonseka shared the news. “Based on the statement given by Aravinda de Silva today, we have decided to summon a player from the 2011 squad, Upul Tharanga, tomorrow to record his statement.”

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Fonseka further said that they were obtaining intelligence reports as well as inputs from some international sources to continue their investigation on the match-fixing controversy. However, De Silva didn’t comment as he walked out of the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) where he had to spend over six hours and faced the interrogations by the three detectives on the allegations that Sri Lanka sold the World cup final to India.

Moreover, Tharanga, who was Sri Lanka’s opener at the finals is to be interrogated on Wednesday. The investigation started when former sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage claimed earlier this month that Sri Lanka sold the final to make sure India win the cup. apart from him, Sri Lanka’s 1996 World Cup-winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga has also asked for an investigation earlier.

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“I feel I can talk about it now. I am not connecting players, but some sections were involved,” Aluthgamage said.

The game will be remembered by every cricket fans. Batting first, Sri Lanka put up 274-6 off 50 overs and had the upper hand also when the dismissed batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar for 18. However, India bounced back brilliantly on the back of Gautam Gambhir and MS Dhoni where Dhoni finished off in style with a maximum.

Notably, Sri Lanka has previously been linked to corruption allegations too which also included match-fixing claims ahead of a 2018 Test against England. Even earlier this month, the Sri Lankan cricket board said that the ICC was investigating three ex-players for the corruption claims.

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