Sangakkara and Jayawardene summoned for investigation

Sri Lankan cricket has been embroiled in controversy over the 2011 World Cup final over allegations of fixing by a former sports minister. Upul Tharanga had to face police interrogation after the then chief selector Arvind de Silva. Former Sri Lankan star Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara have also been summoned.

Sri Lanka lost World Cup 2011 final on purpose, alleged then Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage. Star cricketers like Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene have dismissed the allegations.

However, the Sri Lankan board did not dismiss the old allegation. Former star Arvind de Silva was interrogated for about six hours on June 30 in Colombo. Based on his statement, Upul Tharanga, who scored 2 runs off 20 balls, was called to open the match. He also has to go through a 2-hour interrogation.

This time Sangakkara and Jayawardene have been summoned. Following the allegations of Mahindananda Aluthgamag, the island state’s sports ministry formed a special investigation unit. This special investigation unit of the police also recorded Aluthgamag’s statement last week.

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“We have started an investigation into allegations of match-fixing (2011 World Cup final) today (June 30). I will take up the statement of the 2011 World Cup member Upul Tharanga tomorrow (July 1) based on the statement made by Arvind De Silva today.

It may be mentioned that on June 16, 2011, the Sports Minister during the World Cup, Mahindananda Aluthgamage, made the explosive allegation. Especially before that match, due to four important changes in the XI, many people had doubts in their minds.