A detective from Sri Lanka said that the Sri Lanka`s chief cricket selector for the 2011 cricket World Cup was investigated for 6 hours at the start of a criminal investigation into match fixing.
Aravinda de Silva, Former Sri Lanka skipper and the chief selector, was the first to be interviewed by the newly established sports-related anti-corruption unit, Superintendent Jagath Fonseka said
Fonseka told reporters outside his unit s office where the chief selector was questioned that “Today we started the investigation into (2011 World Cup) match fixing allegations,”
“Based on the statement given by Aravinda de Silva today, we have decided to summon a player from the 2011 squad, Upul Tharanga, tomorrow to record his statement.”
They were obtaining intelligence reports as well as inputs from unspecified international sources to continue their probe into one of cricket s most explosive match-fixing controversies, Jagath Fonseka
De Silva himself declined comment as he walked out of the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) where he spent over 6 hours with at least 3 detectives investigating allegations that Sri Lanka sold the cup final to India.
Tharanga who is to be questioned Wednesday (today), was Sri Lanka`s opener at the finals. He scored just 2 runs during his 30 minute stay at the crease facing 20 balls.
The Sri Lankan`s 1996 World Cup-winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga has also cast doubt on the result and previously called for an investigation.
International cricket in Sri Lanka has previously been linked to corruption allegations, including claims of match-fixing ahead of a 2018 Test against England.
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