Sri Lanka has ordered a prison probe into allegations the 2011 cricket World Cup final was “sold” to India, officers stated Monday. “A criminal investigation has begun,” Okay.D.S. Ruwanchandra, the secretary to the sports activities ministry, informed AFP. “It is handled by the (police) independent Special Investigation Unit on sports-related offences.” Former sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage claimed earlier this month that Sri Lanka bought the match to make sure an Indian victory.
“I feel I can talk about it now. I am not connecting players, but some sections were involved,” Aluthgamage stated.
The island nation’s 1996 World Cup-winning skipper Arjuna Ranatunga has additionally solid doubt on the end result and beforehand referred to as for an investigation.
Native media reviews stated former skipper and chief selector for the 2011 finals, Aravinda de Silva, had been summoned for an interview with investigators on Tuesday.
After beginning strongly, Sri Lanka misplaced the ultimate at Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium by six wickets.
Sri Lanka batted first and scored 274/6 off 50 overs. They appeared in a commanding place when Indian famous person Sachin Tendulkar was out for 18.
However India turned the sport dramatically, thanks partially to poor fielding and bowling by Sri Lanka, who had been led by Kumar Sangakkara.
Sangakkara had stated Aluthgamage ought to share his allegations with the worldwide governing physique the Worldwide Cricket Council.
Worldwide cricket in Sri Lanka has beforehand been linked to corruption allegations, together with claims of match-fixing forward of a 2018 Take a look at in opposition to England.
Earlier this month, the Sri Lankan cricket board stated the ICC was investigating three unnamed ex-players over corruption claims.
Match-fixing was made a prison offence in November. Offenders face fines of as much as 100 million rupees ($555,000) and as much as 10 years’ jail.
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