Lasith Malinga (Picture by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Photos)
Sri Lanka’s oldschool sports minister acknowledged on Saturday he has supplied more evidence to cricket’s world governing body that he says reveals the 2011 Cricket World Cup turned into as soon as fastened.
Mahindananda Aluthgamage’s remarks reach a day after native police dropped an investigation into the claims, citing a lack of evidence that Sri Lanka deliberately misplaced the remaining to hosts India.
Police had grilled oldschool chief selector Aravinda de Silva, opening batsman Upul Tharanga and the 2011 captain Kumar Sangakkara – the latter for in terms of 10 hours.
But Aluthgamage, who turned into as soon as sports minister at the time and is now bid minister for vitality, acknowledged there obtain been “mighty of us who are spending extensive sums of money to hush up the investigation”.
He acknowledged that he has knowledgeable Alex Marshall, anti-corruption chief at the Worldwide Cricket Council (ICC), that he turned into as soon as willing to provide more evidence exhibiting the match turned into as soon as thrown.
Aluthgamage acknowledged police had did no longer probe the claims neatly and entreated Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to intervene and strain the ICC to reopen an investigation.
Marshall had acknowledged in a press launch on Friday that “at the present” the ICC has “no longer been presented with any evidence that supports the claims made or which would merit launching an investigation”.
But he acknowledged that the ICC takes “allegations of this nature extraordinarily severely and would possibly well well moreover honest soundless we receive any evidence to corroborate the claims, we are in a position to overview our fresh location.”
Sri Lankan police obtain no longer publicly spoke back to Aluthgamage’s claims.
The questioning of the nation’s cricketing heroes precipitated criticism against the government on social media before elections on August 5 when Rajapaksa’s occasion is hoping to stable a two-thirds majority in parliament.