Ajit Singh, the head of the BCCI Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) astonishes over the heavy investigations regarding the World Cup 2011 final between India and Sri Lanka.
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.
Ajit Singh over World Cup 2011 investigation: Surprising to see after 10 years
He believes it becomes more difficult to detect the evidence years after rather than investigating it at the moment.
“I am surprised the issue has come up after 10 years. As per my experience, more delayed the investigation, more difficult it is to get the evidence,” he said while speaking to The Week.
“The World Cup was played within the purview of the ICC. If there are any corruption-related allegations, it is for the ICC to investigate. In India, no issues were raised regarding that match,” he further added.
“It’s a fairly strict and comprehensive law they have brought to deal with corruption in sports. But the law can only be enforced on any offense which takes place since its inception,” he said.
However, the appeal to investigate, submitted by the former SLC minister, revealed that four new players were noticed in the squad on the match-day.
“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.