Sri Lankan police suspends inquiries on players regarding match-fixing
The Special Investigation Unit appointed for investigating the match-fixing claim on the Sri Lankan team revealed that there will be no more inquiries for the cricket players.
The hot topic around the Sri Lankan cricket is the match-fixing allegation made on the team by the former Sports Minister of the country, Mahindananda Aluthgamage. The former minister accused that there was match-fixing during the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, where Sri Lanka took on India in Mumbai.
Following the allegations from the former minister, the government of Sri Lanka appointed a Special Investigation Unit to investigate the matter. As part of their investigation, the special unit has summoned some of the former players who were associated with the team during the time, for investigation.
Former Sri Lankan cricketers, Kumar Sangakkara, Aravinda de Silva, and Upul Tharanga appeared in front of the investigation unit and gave their statements. Aravinda de Silva was in charge of the national selector at that time. The investigation calls on the players has raised concerns from all around the game, especially when it came to know that Kumar Sangakkara spent nearly 10 hours with the Special Investigation Unit.
No more players will be summoned for investigation:
Meanwhile, the Special Investigation Unit now officially revealed that the players will not be summoned furthermore for the investigations, and recording statements. The unit said that sufficient evidence has been collected from the statements of the three players, and the reports will be submitted to the secretary of the Sports Ministry.
“From the three statements we have received so far, we realize that the 14 points made by Mr. Mahindananda Aluthgamage cannot be substantiated,” an official from Special Investigation Unit quoted this afternoon. Following the evidence they got, no more players will be summoned for recording statements.
Earlier today, former cricketer Mahela Jayawardena came to the Investigation Unit and returned back without giving statements as the player was informed to give his statement on another day.