Aravinda Desilva charged by Srilankan Police over 2011 World Cup
Sri Lanka police questioned former captain Aravinda de Silva on Tuesday over the recent allegations made by former Sri Lanka sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage claiming that Sri Lanka ‘sold’ the World Cup 2011 final to ensure a victory for India, news agency PTI reported. The report has come a day after news agency AFP had reported that Sri Lanka police has opened a probe into the allegations. De Silva, who was the chairman of selectors for Sri Lanka team during the 2011 World Cup final, was questioned by the police for over six hours, the report added.
Earlier this month during an interview with local TV channel ‘Sirasa’, Aluthgamage had said that the 2011 World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka was fixed.
“I tell you today that we [Sri Lanka team] sold the 2011 World Cup. I tell this with responsibility. I don’t want to divulge too much for the sake of the country… I say the match against India, the one we could have won; we betrayed,” Aluthgamage had said
After Aluthgamage’s claims, De Silva had disproved the allegations but requested SLC, BCCI and the ICC to investigate the matter in order to clear the clouds of doubts.
The island nation’s 1996 World Cup-winning skipper Arjuna Ranatunga has also cast doubt on the result and previously called for an investigation.
After starting strongly, Sri Lanka lost the final at Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium by six wickets.
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.
But India turned the game dramatically, thanks in part to poor fielding and bowling by Sri Lanka, who were led by Kumar Sangakkara.