Mahindananda gives statement to Police regarding match-fixing allegations
Former Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage, today (24), said that he has given all relevant information, including 8 documents and a six-page complaint, to the Police, in connection with match-fixing allegations he leveled recently.
A special Police investigation unit recorded his statement today morning regarding the allegations he leveled.
“I gave to the Police a copy of the complaint I lodged with the International Cricket Council (ICC) on 30 October 2011 regarding the said allegation as then Sports Minister,” he said, adding that he also gave a list of 24 suspicious reasons that may have caused Sri Lanka’s defeat in the 2011 Cricket World Cup final.
Speaking to the Media during a press briefing, he also requested the President and the Sports Ministry to take necessary steps to conclude ongoing investigations in this connection within three months and issue a report on the matter.
“In a letter addressed to former Sports Minister Harin Fernando, dated 23 December 2018, ICC Anti-Corruption Unit’s head Alex Marshall had stated that out of the 12 test cricket playing nations, Sri Lanka is the country against which most number of allegations has been leveled, and that investigations in that regard were being carried out,” Aluthgamage claimed.
“Match-fixing is one of the major issues that hinder Sri Lanka’s cricket victories and I decided to introduce laws to deal with incidents of match-fixing after the said incident. The draft act was passed in Parliament in 2019 and the Prevention of Offences relating to Sports Act No 24 of 2019 was enacted,” he added.