Mahela informed to visit SIU another day

2020-07-03 at 08:45

The Special Investigative Unit of the Ministry of Sports has informed former Sri Lanka Skipper Mahela Jayawardene, who was to provide a statement over match fixing allegations at the 2011 Cricket World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka today, to do so on an alternate day instead.

He was due to appear before the Unit at 9.00 this morning.

However the SIU had informed Jayawardene of the decision to revise the date, at around 11.30 p.m last night and accordingly informed him there was no requirement to appear before the SIU today.

Nevertheless amidst media reports claiming that Mahela Jayawardene had requested the SIU to provide and set an alternate date, he had arrived at the premises at 9.00 this morning.

When it was confirmed that he would not be recording a statement today, Jayawardene left the premises after speaking to media.

He noted that false media reports had claimed that he was unable to appear before the Investigative Unit due to personal reasons, adding therefore that he decided to show up at the premises to quash such claims.

Jayawardene stressed that he is an individual who greatly loves and respects the sport of cricket, stating therefore that it is his responsibility to assist investigations.

He noted that the SIU had clarified the decision to change the date to record the statement was reached by them, adding that the SIU pledged to provide an alternate date in future for this purpose.

Jayawardene remarked that all possible assistance with be provided to further the SIU’s investigations, adding the personnel involved in this regard are carrying out a great service.

He noted that it remains to be seen as to how the issue will unfold. Former national skipper Kumar Sangakkara, Former Sri Lanka captain Upul Tharanga, Former Chairman of Selectors Aravinda de Silva and Former Minister of Sports Mahindananda Aluthgamage have all recorded statements before the Sport’s Ministry SIU.

The investigation is being carried out based on a complaint lodged with the Unit by the Secretary to the Ministry of Sports KDS Ruwanchandra pertaining to Mahindananda Aluthgamage’s comments of match fixing at the 2011 World Cup final.

Meanwhile issuing a statement via his official Twitter handle former Speaker of House Karu Jayasuirya said “Cricket is Sri Lanka’s passion and our cricketers are the nation’s pride. It is shocking to see the level of harassment to these iconic cricketers, one after the other. This is an unprecedented low level of politicking with cricket that will tarnish the image of Sri Lanka.”