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Sangakkara to appear before the investigators tomorrow


Till Tuesday afternoon Sri Lanka’s Special Police Investigation Unit had no plan to invite opening batsman Upul Tharanga for the 2011 World Cup match-fixing inquiry but it was only decided late evening during Aravinda de Silva’s deposition and accordingly, the 35-year-old Upul Tharanga was summoned for Wednesday morning hearing.

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Battery of lawyers

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Incidentally, Upul Tharanga was a part of the playing XI and opened batting for Sri Lanka. However, his stay at the wicket didn’t yield more than 2 runs and was first to return to the pavilion.

Interestingly, both  Aravinda de Silva and Upul were represented by a battery of renowned lawyers. Former chief selector had not one or two but four lawyers, whereas Upul brought one different lawyer, it is learnt here.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is unlikely to bear the legal expenses.

Toss confusion

SSP Jagath Fonseka-led Unit has not yet arrived at the conclusion why the toss was redone in the World Cup final.

However, according to Kumar Sangakkara, who was a captain then, is on record saying it was done at the insistence of Team India captain MS Dhoni.

In a recent Instagram chat with Ravichandran Ashwin, Sangakkara said the confusion stemmed from the crowd noise at a packed Wankhede stadium.

Sanga has been asked to appear before the investigators on Thursday morning.

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