Colombo, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 1st Jul, 2020 ) :Sri Lanka’s chief cricket selector for the 2011 cricket World Cup was grilled for six hours at the start of a criminal investigation into match fixing, a detective said Tuesday.
Former Sri Lanka skipper and the chief selector, Aravinda de Silva, was the first to be interviewed by the newly established sports-related anti-corruption unit, its Superintendent Jagath Fonseka said.
“Today we started the investigation into (2011 World Cup) match fixing allegations,” Fonseka told reporters outside his unit’s office where the chief selector was questioned.
“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.” Fonseka said 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.
De Silva himself declined comment as he walked out of the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) where he spent over six hours with at least three detectives investigating allegations that Sri Lanka sold the cup final to India.
Tharanga, who is to be questioned Wednesday, was Sri Lanka‘s opener at the finals. He scored just two runs during his 30 minute stay at the crease facing 20 balls.
“I feel I can talk about it now. I am not connecting players, but some sections were involved,” Aluthgamage said.
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.