Sri Lankan cricket player Upul Tharanga leaves the Special Investigation Unit in Colombo on Wednesday. AFP
Sri Lanka opener Upul Tharanga on Wednesday became the first player to be grilled by detectives in a probe investigating claims that the 2011 cricket World Cup final was fixed.
The 35-year-old was questioned for two hours by the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) examining the conduct of the final, which Sri Lanka lost to India.
"They asked a few questions in connection with the ongoing investigation. I gave my statement," Tharanga told reporters without giving further details.
Tharanga, who scored two runs off 20 deliveries in the match at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium, was called in after investigators quizzed chief selector Aravinda de Silva for nearly six hours on Tuesday.
The investigation was launched after government minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage, who was sports minister at the time, alleged that Sri Lanka threw the match in April 2011.
"I feel I can talk about it now," Aluthgamage told a local TV network last month. "I am not connecting players, but some sections were involved."
Sri Lanka batted first and scored 274-6 off 50 overs. They appeared in a commanding position when Indian superstar Sachin Tendulkar was out for 18.
But India turned the game around dramatically, thanks in part to poor fielding and bowling by Sri Lanka, who were led by Kumar Sangakkara.
India won the final by six wickets.
SIU chief Jagath Fonseka said officers would decide who else to interview after analysing Tharanga's testimony.
Fonseka said they were obtaining intelligence reports as well as input from unspecified international sources to continue their probe.
De Silva declined to comment about his questioning or the selections he made for the 2011 finals.
International cricket in Sri Lanka has previously been linked to corruption allegations, including claims of match-fixing ahead of a 2018 Test against England.
Last month, the Sri Lankan cricket board said the International cricket Council was investigating three unnamed ex-players over corruption claims.
Match-fixing was made a criminal offence in November. Offenders face fines of up to 100 million rupees ($555,000) and up to 10 years' jail.
A gritty century by Angelo Mathews lifted Sri Lanka to 264-7 against India after a top-order collapse on Saturday, the final day of the World Cup group stage.
India made two changes after beating Bangladesh by 28 runs on Tuesday in Birmingham.
Australia captain Aaron Finch equalled his highest one-day international score of 153 as he powered the World Cup holders to 334-7 against sloppy Sri Lanka on Saturday.
Ronaldo took the advantage of the short pause in the Premier League’s matches and came to Dubai for a winter vacation with his family.
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The event began with a documentary shedding light on the journey of cricket in Pakistan featuring a voice over by PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja. Paragliders also descended from the sky at one point, making a clean landing in the stadium.
Afridi won't be participating in the initial matches of Quetta Gladiators and will likely join the squad for the Lahore leg. Afridi has rejoined the bio-secure bubble of the PSL season seven after he left it due to personal and health issues.