Colombo: Sri Lanka legend Kumar Sangakkara was questioned for nearly 10 hours on Thursday by detectives probing explosive allegations the 2011 Cricket World Cup final was fixed under his captaincy.
Sangakkara, 42, was called in to the police Special Investigation Unit (SIU) examining the conduct of the final, which Sri Lanka lost to India at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. “I came here to give a statement because of my responsibility to the game and respect for cricket,” Sangakkara 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.” He did not discuss the line of questioning by the SIU which later announced Sangakkara’s then vice-captain Mahela Jayawardena will be questioned on Friday.
Their opening batsman at the final, Upul Tharanga, was the first player to be questioned. He was interviewed by the SIU over two hours on Wednesday, a day after chief selector Aravinda de Silva spent over six hours answering questions about the finals.
Sangakkara is the most high profile player to be questioned in connection with the stunning match-fixing allegation which was raised last month by Aluthgamage who was also the sports minister during the 2011 competition.
Sangakkara is also the current president of the Marylebone Cricket Club in London. Before turning up at the SIU on Thursday, Sangakkara said 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.”
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