Kumar Sangakkara (Getty Photography)
Sri Lanka has ordered a criminal probe into allegations the 2011 Cricket World Cup closing became as soon as “bought” to India, officials acknowledged Monday.
“A criminal investigation has begun,” Ok.D.S. Ruwanchandra, the secretary to the sports ministry, told AFP.
“It is some distance dealt with by the (police) self sustaining Particular Investigation Unit on sports-linked offences.”
Old sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage claimed earlier this month that Sri Lanka bought the match to be particular an Indian victory.
“I for certain feel I will talk about about it now. I am no longer connecting avid gamers, but some sections had been spirited,” Aluthgamage acknowledged.
The island nation’s 1996 World Cup-winning skipper Arjuna Ranatunga has also solid doubt on the reside result and beforehand known as for an investigation.
Local media reports acknowledged aged skipper and chief selector for the 2011 finals, Aravinda de Silva, had been summoned for an interview with investigators on Tuesday.
After starting up strongly, Sri Lanka misplaced the final observe at Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium by six wickets.
Sri Lanka batted first and scored 274-6 off 50 overs. They seemed in a commanding arena when Indian celeb Sachin Tendulkar became as soon as out for 18.
Nonetheless India grew to vary into the game dramatically, thanks in share to unhappy fielding and bowling by Sri Lanka, who had been led by Kumar Sangakkara.
Sangakkara had acknowledged Aluthgamage ought to gentle fragment his allegations with the realm governing body the Global Cricket Council.
Global cricket in Sri Lanka has beforehand been linked to corruption allegations, including claims of match-fixing sooner than a 2018 Take a look at against England.
Earlier this month, the Sri Lankan cricket board acknowledged the ICC became as soon as investigating three unnamed ex-avid gamers over corruption claims.
Match-fixing became as soon as 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.