Colombo (Sri Lanka) | Jagran Sports Desk: Kumar Sangakkara, the former captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team, was reportedly questioned by the authorities for nearly ten hours in the ongoing 2011 World Cup final fixing probe, said a local media report.

According to a report by newswire.lk, Sangakkara, who captained Sri Lanka in the 2011 World Cup final, was grilled by the authorities for nearly ten hours on Thursday after the Sri Lankan Ministry of Sports launched an investigation into the 2011 World Cup final.

“Former Sri Lanka cricket Captain Kumar Sangakkara recorded a statement for nearly 10 hours at the Special Police Investigation Division of the Ministry of Sports today,” newswire.lk reported.

However, protests erupted across the island nation following Sangakkara’s questioning. Sajith Premadasa, who is one of Sri Lanka’s Prime Ministerial candidate, opposed the questioning of the former cricketer and called it “continuous harassment”.

“Continuous harassment of @KumarSanga2 and our 2011 cricket heroes must be strongly opposed. Government behavior is deplorable,” he tweeted.

“Just found out some people are in favour with the questioning on #Sangakkara ! You people don't deserve to watch cricket again! Watch the Parliament channel 24x7! #StandWithSANGA @KumarSanga2 you don't deserve this!,” tweeted a fan.

Sangakkara was supposed to record his statements next week but he requested the police for an early deposition, reported Island. So far, Sangakkara’s team mate and opener Upul Tharanga and former Chairman of the 2011 National Selection Committee Aravinda de Silva have recorded their statements. However, none of the cricketers, who have deposed, have made any public comments.

Former Sri Lankan Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage had alleged that his country “sold” the 2011 ICC World Cup to India. “Even when I was sports minister I believed this. I did not want to disclose the plot at that time. In 2011, we were to win, but we sold the match. I feel I can talk about it now. I am not connecting players, but some sections were involved,” said Mahindanada, as reported by Fox Sports.

Following Mahindanada’s allegations, an investigation was started into the 2011 World Cup final by the Sri Lankan Ministry of Sports.

However, Sangakkara had then said that Mahindanada should produce evidence to the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit and request for an investigation into what he is claiming. “Then no one needs to speculate and can get to the bottom of this. That should be the most prudent course of action,” Sangakkara had said, as reported by News1st.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma