Sri Lanka legend Kumar Sangakkara was questioned for almost 10 hours on Thursday by detectives probing explosive allegations the 2011 Cricket World Cup final was fixed below his captaincy. Sangakkara, 42, was known as in to the police Special Investigation Unit (SIU) analyzing the conduct of the ultimate, which Sri Lanka misplaced to India at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. “I came here to give a statement because of my responsibility to the game and respect for cricket,” Sangakkara mentioned after the tip of his marathon questioning by detectives.
“I hope on the finish of this investigation, the reality about the allegations made by (former sports minister) Mahindananda Aluthgamage will come out.”
He didn’t talk about the road of questioning by the SIU which later introduced Sangakkara’s then vice captain Mahela Jayawardena will probably be questioned on Friday.
Their opening batsman on the ultimate, Upul Tharanga, was the primary participant to be questioned. He was interviewed by the SIU over two hours on Wednesday, a day after chief selector Aravinda de Silva spent over six hours answering questions concerning the finals.
Sangakkara is essentially the most excessive profile participant to be questioned in reference to the gorgeous match-fixing allegation which was raised final month by Aluthgamage who was additionally the sports activities minister through the 2011 competitors.
Sangakkara can be the present president of the Marylebone Cricket Club in London. Before turning up on the SIU on Thursday, Sangakkara mentioned Aluthgamage’s allegations ought to be referred to the International Cricket Council (ICC).
“I feel I can talk about it now,” Aluthgamage informed a neighborhood TV community final month. “I am not connecting players, but some sections were involved.”
Sri Lanka bat first and scored 274-6 off 50 overs. They appeared in a commanding place when Sachin Tendulkar was out for 18.
But India turned the sport round dramatically, thanks partially to poor fielding and bowling by Sri Lanka. Sangakkara and his deputy Jayawardena stop their positions within the group after the gorgeous defeat.
The toss of the ultimate was additionally controversial because it was completed twice. Match referee Jeff Crowe apparently didn’t hear “heads” known as by Sangakkara and requested India skipper MS Dhoni to toss once more.
Sangakkara gained the toss and elected to bat, a choice that was criticised in native media as a result of the Sri Lankans have been thought of to be higher at chasing on the time.
Sri Lankan cricket has been affected by a number of corruption scandals, together with claims of match-fixing forward of a 2018 Test towards England.
Last month the native cricket board mentioned the ICC was investigating three unnamed ex-players over corruption claims.
Match-fixing was made a legal 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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