Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara on Thursday spent 10 hours recording his statement to a Special Investigation Unit probing claims that the 2011 World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka was fixed. Kumar Sangakkara was the captain as Sri Lanka lost the game by 6 wickets in Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.
The inquiry stared after former sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage alleged that the final between India and Sri Lanka was fixed. While he could not reveal any evidence to back his claim, he said he takes full responsibility of his comments. Aluthgamage said he does not want to go into the details for the sake of the nation before stating the certain groups were involved in fixing the game.
“Today I am telling you that we sold the 2011 World Cup,” Aluthgamage, who was the sports minister at the time, recently said. “In 2011, we were to win, but we sold the match. I feel I can talk about it now. I am not connecting players, but some sections were involved.”
Just days after Aluthgamage made the comments, the investigation was initiated by the Sri Lankan Ministry of Sports. And as a part of the investigation, Kumar Sangakkara recorded his statement over 10 hours, according to ‘newswire.lk’. However, the details of his deposition are not known.
“Former Sri Lanka cricket Captain Kumar Sangakkara recorded a statement for nearly 10 hours at the Special Police Investigation Division of the Ministry of Sports today,” the website reported.
Kumar Sangakkara harassed:
The news further reported that Kumar Sangakkara was allegedly harassed during the investigation. As per the website, members of a youth outfit—Samagi Tharuna Balawegaya—gathered outside the SLC office with posters, alleging that the legendary cricketer was being harassed by authorities. Kumar Sangakkara, according to a report in ‘Island’, was supposed to record his statement next week but requested the police for an early deposition.