Kumar Sangakkara, former Sri Lanka captain, was summoned and investigated by the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) over the match-fixing allegations of the final of the World Cup 2011 between Sri Lanka and India at Wankhede stadium.
Sangakkara was the skipper at that time hence, has been called by the anti-corruption unit. However, Upul Tharanga, the first cricketer to be investigated by the newly established sports-related anti-corruption unit, was summoned on Wednesday.
The opener scored only two runs in thirty minutes on twenty balls hence, grabbed the attention.
Moreover, the former sports minister, Aluthgamage, was the first to get investigated. He was cited for straight two hours and declined to make any comments after he came out of the detection room.
As the former sports ministry of Sri Lanka, Aluthgamage has shaken the world with his claims of fixing the mega-event, he has told ICC for the investigations which are going on currently in the Sport-related anti-corruption units.
“I would not involve the cricketers in this. However, certain groups were definitely involved in fixing the game. The team who played the final match was not the team we had selected, finalized, and sent off. At the last moment, without the consultation of either me as the then minister of Sports or officials of the Sri Lanka Cricket Control Board, four new players had been included to the team,” Aluthgamage, the sports minister, had said.
Kumar Sangakkara cited for 10 hours by SIU for World Cup 2011 fixing allegations
“I came here to give a statement because of my responsibility to the game and respect for cricket,” Sangakkara said after the 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 added.