Match fixing allegations: Aravinda to give statement

Ruben Hill
July 1, 2020

Close on the heels of former Sri Lanka sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage claiming that the Sri Lanka cricket team "sold" the World Cup 2011 final to ensure victory for India, a probe has been reportedly ordered into the allegations.

The Sports Ministry's Special Investigation Unit began investigating the allegations after the Secretary to Sri Lanka's Sports Ministry had filed a complaint regarding the allegations.

Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Dullas Alahapperuma appointed a Special Investigation Unit comprising an SSP and an SP to implement the legal provisions of the Prevention of Offences Relating to Sports Act.

"I feel I can talk about it now. I am not connecting players, but some sections were involved", he said.

De Silva, who was the man of the match in the 1996 World Cup final which Sri Lanka won, was summoned by the police on Tuesday to record his statement. They appeared in a commanding position when Indian superstar Sachin Tendulkar was out for 18.

Aluthgamage has alleged that his country "sold" the game to India, a claim that was ridiculed by former captains Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene who demanded evidence from him.

Sangakkara had said Aluthgamage should share his allegations with the global governing body the International Cricket Council.

The Lanka legend was the Chairman of the Selection Committee of the SLC in 2011, when the World Cup was played.

Earlier this month, the Sri Lankan cricket board said the ICC was investigating three unnamed ex-players over corruption claims.

The consequences for any players found guilty are likely to be severe after match-fixing was made a criminal offense in Sri Lanka in November, introducing punishments of up to $555,000 and up to 10 years in jail for offenders.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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