Colombo, June 29 (AFP/APP): Sri Lanka has ordered a criminal probe into allegations the 2011 cricket World Cup final was “sold” to India, officials said on Monday.
“A criminal investigation has begun,” K.D.S. Ruwan Chandra, the secretary to the sports ministry, told AFP. “It is handled by the (police) independent Special Investigation Unit on sports-related offences.”
Former sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage claimed earlier this month that Sri Lanka sold the match to ensure an Indian victory.
“I feel I can talk about it now. I am not connecting players, but some sections were involved,” Aluthgamage said.
The island nation’s 1996 World Cup-winning skipper Arjuna Ranatunga has also cast doubt on the result and previously called for an investigation.
Local media reports said former skipper and chief selector for the 2011 finals, Aravinda de Silva, had been summoned for an interview with investigators on Tuesday.
After starting strongly, Sri Lanka lost the final at Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium by six wickets.