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Sri Lanka Police Questions Aravinda de Silva Over 2011 World Cup Fixing Charge

Aravinda De Silva, who was CHAIRMAN of the Sri Lankan team selectors during the 2011 World Cup final, was questioned by police for more than six hours, the report added.

Sri Lankan police questioned former captain Aravinda de Silva on Tuesday about recent allegations made by former Sri Lankan sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage, alleging that Sri Lanka “sold” the 2011 World Cup final to secure a victory for India, PTI news agency reported. The report came a day after the AFP news agency reported that Sri Lankan police opened an investigation into the allegations. De Silva, who was president of selectors for the Sri Lankan team during the 2011 World Cup final, was questioned by police for more than six hours, the report added.

Aluthgamage has alleged that his country “sold” the game to India, a claim that was ridiculed by former captains Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, who demanded proof of it. The allegations were made on June 18, but the former sports minister later backed down, saying it was only his suspicion.

A special police investigation unit recorded the Aluthgamage statement last week. De Silva, who was the man of the match in the 1996 World Cup final won by Sri Lanka, was summoned by police on Tuesday to record his statement.

Police sources said Upul Tharanga, the left-handed starter who played the 2011 final at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, would be interrogated next.

De Silva, in a column in The Sunday Times earlier this month had refuted the allegations, and urged SLC, BCCI and the ICC to investigate the matter to clarify any doubts on the matter. “We cannot let people escape with lies all the time. I request everyone, ICC, BCCI and SLC to investigate this immediately.

“Just as we appreciate our World Cup victory, players like Sachin (Tendulkar) appreciate these moments for the rest of their lives. I think, in the interest of Sachin and the millions of cricket fans across India, it is the duty of the Indian government and its cricket board to start an impartial investigation to see if they have won a fixed World Cup, ”he had written in his column. . He also added that he was willing to travel to India to participate in an investigation despite the current COVID-19 pandemic.

In the 2011 World Cup final, Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara chose to hit after winning the draw. Mahela Jayawardena had a brilliant century and India was asked to pursue a goal of 275. With the brilliance of Gautam Gambhir (97) and then Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (91 *), India achieved the goal with six wickets in hand to win. the trophy for the second time after 1983.

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