Sri Lanka opener Upul Tharanga on Wednesday turned the primary participant to be grilled by detectives in a probe investigating claims that the 2011 Cricket World Cup final was fixed. The 35-year-old was questioned for 2 hours by the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) inspecting the conduct of the ultimate, which Sri Lanka misplaced to India. “They asked a few questions in connection with the ongoing investigation. I gave my statement,” Tharanga informed reporters with out giving additional particulars.
Tharanga, who scored two runs off 20 deliveries within the match at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, was referred to as in after investigators quizzed chief selector Aravinda de Silva for almost six hours on Tuesday.
The investigation was launched after government minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage, who was sports activities minister on the time, alleged that Sri Lanka threw the match in April 2011.
“I feel I can talk about it now,” Aluthgamage informed an area TV community final month. “I am not connecting players, but some sections were involved.”
Sri Lanka batted first and scored 274-6 off 50 overs. They appeared in a commanding place when Indian celebrity Sachin Tendulkar was out for 18.
But India turned the sport round dramatically, thanks partially to poor fielding and bowling by Sri Lanka, who have been led by Kumar Sangakkara.
India gained the ultimate by six wickets.
SIU chief Jagath Fonseka mentioned officers would resolve who else to interview after analysing Tharanga’s testimony.
Fonseka mentioned they have been acquiring intelligence studies in addition to enter from unspecified worldwide sources to proceed their probe.
De Silva declined to remark about his questioning or the alternatives he made for the 2011 finals.
International cricket in Sri Lanka has beforehand been linked to corruption allegations, together with claims of match-fixing forward of a 2018 Test in opposition to England.
Last month, the Sri Lankan cricket board mentioned the International Cricket Council was investigating three unnamed ex-players over corruption claims.
Match-fixing was made a felony offence in November. Offenders face fines of as much as 100 million rupees (USD 555,000) and as much as 10 years’ jail.
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