Former Sri Lankan questioned by the police for 8 hours (Photo: Twitter @KumarSanga2)

Fans and stakeholders have a great and emotional connect with their favorite players. This also holds for players representing one’s country. It is difficult to put a finger on it that why is it so. It may be the fact that the fans see a way to contribute to the game by supporting their team and players.

Dissent in Sri Lanka in favour of 2011 men’s squad

Kumar Sangakkara, the captain of the Sri Lanka team which lost in the 2011 World Cup final, was interrogated for almost eight hours on Thursday at the Police Unit of the Sports Ministry over claims that the match had been fixed. A lot of fans in Sri Lanka are angry and say that the country should respect and trust their players.  

At the same time as he was being questioned, a protest against the investigation was held outside the Sports Ministry’s office. Fans and people show their dissent for this course of action. 

The youth wing of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya, which organized the protest, said the demonstration was held against the “continuous harassment of Kumar Sangakkara and other cricketers over unsubstantiated match-fixing allegations,” as the sources state. 

There is a lot of anger in the people and fans of the game in Sri Lanka, as they condemn the continuous harassment of their players by the police and authorities. 

The Ministry of Sports launched an investigation into the 2011 World Cup final between Sri Lanka and India, following an allegation made by former Minister of Sports Mahindananda Aluthgamage. On 18 June, Aluthgamage had stated that the 2011 Cricket World Cup had been fixed.

Statements have been recorded already from Aluthgamage, former Chairman of the National Selection Committee Aravinda de Silva and Sri Lanka opener Upul Tharanga.

The sports ministry has decided to step in the matter and summons Sangakkara this Monday.