Former Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage had made the allegations that the World Cup 2011 final was fixed. Though the claims were denied by Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene but the police had summoned former chief selector Aravinda de Silva for an inquiry last month.
The Special Investigation Unit (SIU) Superintendent Jagath Fonseka told reporters: “Today we started the investigation into (2011 World Cup) match-fixing allegations.”
Upul Tharanga who was a part of the Sri Lankan squad for the World Cup 2011 was also summoned by the police. “They asked a few questions in connection with the ongoing investigation. I gave my statement,” Tharanga told reporters without giving further details.
Jayawardene himself scored a hundred in the final of the tournament at Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium to hand India a target of 275 runs.
The hosts then lost a couple of quick wickets after Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar were sent back in the hut. Later, Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli steadied the ship for the side and put up a decent partnership. Kohli was then dismissed for 25 but Gambhir stayed strong at the other end.
He scored 97 while the skipper MS Dhoni who promoted himself up the order remained unbeaten at 91 and sealed the win for India with a maximum over long-on. This was the second time in the history of ODI cricket that India lifted the World Cup. They previously did it in 1983 under the captaincy of Kapil Dev.