Aravinda de Silva will be interrogated for 2011 World Cup Fixing Allegations
Sri Lanka's chief cricket selector for the 2011 cricket World Cup was grilled for 6 hours at the beginning of a criminal investigation into match-fixing, a detective said Tuesday.
Former Sri Lanka skipper and therefore the chief selector, Aravinda de Silva, was the primary to be interviewed by the newly established sports-related anti-corruption unit, its Superintendent Jagath Fonseka said. "Today we started the investigation into (2011 World Cup) match-fixing allegations,"
Fonseka told reporters outside his unit's office where the chief selector was questioned.
"Based on the statement given by Aravinda de Silva today, we've decided to summon a player from the 2011 squad, Upul Tharanga, tomorrow to record his statement."
Fonseka said they were obtaining intelligence reports also as inputs from unspecified international sources to continue their probe into one among cricket's most explosive match-fixing controversies. De Silva himself declined to comment as he walked out of the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) where he spent over six hours with a minimum of three detectives investigating allegations that Sri Lanka sold the final to India. Tharanga, who is to be questioned Wednesday, was Sri Lanka's opener at the finals. He scored just two runs during his 30 minutes occupy the crease facing 20 balls.
The investigation was prompted by former sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage who claimed earlier this month that Sri Lanka sold the match to make sure an Indian victory.
"I feel I can mention it now. i'm not connecting players, but some sections were involved,"
Aluthgamage said. The island nation's 1996 World Cup-winning skipper Arjuna Ranatunga has also cast doubt on the result and previously involved an investigation. After starting strongly, Sri Lanka lost the ultimate at Mumbai's Wankhede stadium by six wickets.
Sri Lanka batted first and scored 274-6 off 50 overs. They appeared during a commanding position when Indian superstar Sachin Tendulkar was out for 18. But India turned the sport dramatically, thanks partially to poor fielding and bowling by Sri Lanka, who were led by Kumar Sangakkara.
Sangakkara had said Aluthgamage should share his allegations with the worldwide administration the International Cricket Council. International cricket in Sri Lanka has previously been linked to corruption allegations, including claims of match-fixing before a 2018 Test against England.