Kumar Sangakkara was the latest member of Sri Lanka’s Squad who played in the 2011 World Cup to be questioned into the 2011 World Cup Final match-fixing probe against India.
Legendary cricketer Kumar Sangakkara was questioned for about 10 hours on Thursday by detectives investigating allegations that the 2011 Cricket World Cup Final was fixed under his captaincy. Sangakkara was called into Police Special Unit investigating the final Fixing Probe which Sri Lanka lost to India at Mumbai Wankhede’s Stadium.
“I came here to give a statement because of my responsibility to the game and respect for cricket,” Kumar said after the end of his marathon questioning by detectives.
“I hope at the end of this investigation, the truth about the allegations made by former sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage will come out”, said Kumar Sangakkara. However, Kumar did not discuss the questioning done by the SIU which later announced that after Sangakkara vice-captain Mahela Jayawardene will be questioned on Friday.
Upul Tharanga who is the opener batsman at the final was the first player to be questioned. He was interviewed by the SIU over two hours on Wednesday just a day after Chief Selector Aravinda De Silva who spent over six hours answering questions about the finals.
Sangakkara is the most high profile player to be questioned in the match-fixing allegation which was raised last month by former sports minister Aluthgamage who was a sports minister during the 2011 World Cup. Sangakkara is the President of the Marylebone Cricket Club in London.
According to Sangakkara, before turning up at the SIU on Thursday, Aluthgamage’s allegations should be referred to the International Cricket Council (ICC).
“I feel I can talk about it now,” Aluthgamage told a local TV network last month. “I am not connecting players, but some sections were involved.” In the 2011 World Cup Finals Sri Lanka batted first & scored 274-6 off 50 overs. However, India turned the game in its favor thanks to the poor fielding & bowling by Sri Lanka. Sangakkara and deputy Vice-Captain Jayawardena quit their positions in the team after the stunning defeat.