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Ex-Sri Lanka skipper Sangakkara grilled in World Cup fixing probe for 10 hours

Karachi: Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara on Thursday was questioned for nearly 10 hours by detectives probing explosive allegations the 2011 Cricket World Cup final was fixed under his captaincy against India.

Legend of the game was called into the Police Special Investigation Unit (SIU) examining the conduct of the final, which Sri Lanka lost Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium by six wickets.

“I came here to give a statement because of my responsibility to the game and respect for cricket,” Sangakkara said after the questioning by detectives.

“I hope at the end of this investigation, the truth about the allegations made by (former sports minister) Mahindananda Aluthgamage will come out,” he added.

Opener Upul Tharanga was the first player to be questioned. He was interviewed by the SIU over two hours on Wednesday, a day after chief selector Aravinda de Silva spent over six hours answering questions about the finals.

It must be noted that after the then-sports minister of Sri Lanka claimed that Islanders threw the final match.

Read also: Sri Lanka questions Tharanga, former selector over World Cup fixing probe

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