The controversy surrounding India’s victorious 2011 World Cup campaign refuses to bog down. Former Sri Lanka sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage had earlier claimed the marquee event being fixed. The allegations sent shockwaves around the cricket fraternity. Post the allegations, the Sri Lankan government launched an investigation by setting up a special investigation unit of the police to go deep into its roots.
Meanwhile, the head of BCCI’s Anti Corruption Unit (ACU) Ajit Singh has expressed his thoughts on the matter. He is surprised as it has come to light after nine years since the event took place. Adding to that, he feels it would be difficult to gather evidence as it has been close to a decade now since the alleged practice took place. The investigation is delayed now resulting in a dicey situation.
“I am surprised the issue has come up after 10 years. As per my experience, more delayed the investigation, more difficult it is to get the evidence,” he said while speaking to The Week.
He also made a point saying the ICC would have raised its concern in case the match was tricked. “The World Cup was played within the purview of the ICC. If there are any corruption-related allegations, it is for the ICC to investigate. In India, no issues were raised regarding that match,” he quipped.
Upul Tharanga and Arvinda de Silva were summoned for questioning related to the subject. Former Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara will also record his statement on Thursday. Sri Lanka have made corruption in sports a criminal offense and if found guilty, the following protocols will be followed. However, as of now, there has been no evidence.
India defeated Sri Lanka in the finale of the show-piece event in a comprehensive manner. Dhoni was adjudged the man of the match while all-rounder Yuvraj Singh received the player of the tournament award. It was India’s second triumph in the 50-over format, having lifted the 1983 World Cup in England.