Kumar Sangakkara (Getty Photos)
Sri Lanka yarn Kumar Sangakkara turned into wondered for virtually 10 hours on Thursday by detectives probing explosive allegations the 2011 Cricket World Cup final turned into fixed beneath his captaincy.
Sangakkara, 42, turned into called in to the police Special Investigation Unit (SIU) inspecting the behavior of the last, which Sri Lanka misplaced to India at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.
“I came right here to offer a observation due to my accountability to the sport and admire for cricket,” Sangakkara acknowledged after the finish of his marathon questioning by detectives.
“I’m hoping at the finish of this investigation, the fact about the allegations made by (damaged-down sports activities minister) Mahindananda Aluthgamage will come out.”
He failed to debate the line of questioning by the SIU which later launched Sangakkara’s then vice captain Mahela Jayawardena shall be wondered on Friday.
Their opening batsman at the last, Upul Tharanga, turned into the foremost player to be wondered. He turned into interviewed by the SIU over two hours on Wednesday, a day after chief selector Aravinda de Silva spent over six hours answering questions about the finals.
Sangakkara is basically the most excessive profile player to be wondered in reference to the beautiful match-fixing allegation which turned into raised last month by Aluthgamage who turned into additionally the sports activities minister all the design in which by the 2011 competition.
Sangakkara is additionally basically the most modern president of the Marylebone Cricket Club in London. Before turning up at the SIU on Thursday, Sangakkara acknowledged Aluthgamage’s allegations would possibly per chance presumably additionally honest peaceable be referred to the International Cricket Council (ICC).
“I in actuality feel I will discuss about it now,” Aluthgamage told a local TV community last month. “I’m not connecting gamers, however some sections were involved.”
Sri Lanka bat first and scored 274-6 off 50 overs. They appeared in a commanding bid when Indian superstar Sachin Tendulkar turned into out for 18.
However India grew to change into the sport spherical dramatically, thanks in half to miserable fielding and bowling by Sri Lanka. Sangakkara and his deputy Jayawardena quit their positions in the team after the beautiful defeat.
The toss of the last turned into additionally controversial as it turned into performed twice. Match referee Jeff Crowe it looks that failed to hear “heads” called by Sangakkara and requested Indian skipper M. S. Dhoni to toss again.
Sangakkara obtained the toss and elected to bat, a option that turned into criticised in native media due to the the Sri Lankans were even handed to be greater at chasing at the time.
Sri Lankan cricket has been suffering from a lot of corruption scandals, including claims of match-fixing sooner than a 2018 Take a look at against England.
Last month the native cricket board acknowledged the ICC turned into investigating three unnamed ex-gamers over corruption claims.
Match-fixing turned into made a criminal offence in November. Offenders face fines of as a lot as 100 million rupees ($555,000) and as a lot as 10 years’ penal advanced.