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 Particular Investigation Unit (SIU) inspecting the conduct of the ultimate, which Sri Lanka misplaced to India. “They requested a couple of questions in reference to the continuing investigation. I gave my assertion,” Tharanga instructed reporters with out giving additional particulars.
Tharanga, who scored two runs off 20 deliveries within the match at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, was known 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 really feel I can speak about it now,” Aluthgamage instructed an area TV community final month. “I’m not connecting gamers, however some sections had been concerned.”
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.
However India turned the sport round dramatically, thanks partly to poor fielding and bowling by Sri Lanka, who had been led by Kumar Sangakkara.
India received 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 had been acquiring intelligence stories 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.
Worldwide cricket in Sri Lanka has beforehand been linked to corruption allegations, together with claims of match-fixing forward of a 2018 Take a look at in opposition to England.
Final month, the Sri Lankan cricket board mentioned the Worldwide 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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