Sri Lanka led by Kumar Sangakkara lost the 2011 World Cup final to India.© AFP
Sri Lanka has ordered a criminal probe into allegations the 2011 cricket World Cup final was “sold” to India, monday officials said. “A criminal investigation has begun,” K.D.S. Ruwanchandra, the secretary to the sports ministry, told AFP. “It really 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 sold the match to make sure an Indian victory.
“Personally i think I can discuss it now. I’m not connecting players, however, many sections were involved,” Aluthgamage said.
The island nation’s 1996 World Cup-winning skipper Arjuna Ranatunga in addition has cast doubt on the effect and previously needed a study.
Local media reports said former skipper and chief selector for the 2011 finals, Aravinda de Silva, tuesday have been summoned for an interview with investigators on.
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 in a commanding position when Indian superstar Sachin Tendulkar was out for 18.( *****)( **)But India turned dramatically, thanks partly to poor bowling and fielding by Sri Lanka, who have been led by Kumar Sangakkara.
Sangakkara had said Aluthgamage should share his allegations with the global governing body the International Cricket Council.
International cricket in Sri Lanka has previously been associated with corruption allegations, including claims of match-fixing before a 2018 Test against England.
Earlier this month, the Sri Lankan cricket board said the ICC was investigating three unnamed ex-players over corruption claims.
Match-fixing was made a criminal offence in November. Offenders face fines as high as 100 million rupees ($555,000) or more to 10 years’ jail.
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