Jul 03, 2020

Mahela reveals why he insisted on appearing today Featured

Former Sri Lanka cricketer Mahela Jayawardena has spoken to the media after arriving at the Sports ministry today (03).

Jayawardena had appeared before the Special Investigation Division of the Sports Ministry but left without recording a statement.

Speaking to the media, he had said that although the unit had informed him around 11.30pm yesterday that a statement will not be recorded from Jayawardena, certain media had cited that he won't appear due to personal reasons.

"I never said that," he said, adding that he arrived anyway because he felt these rumours should be dispelled.


( Update - Friday, 03 July 2020 10:24 )

Wasn't officially informed not to come - Mahela

Former Sri Lankan cricket captain Mahela Jayawardena says he visited the Special Investigative Unit (SIU) of the Sports Ministry probing the match fixing claims as he was not officially informed not to appear today (03).

Earlier, the SIU said that Jayawardene was informed to come on an alternate day to provide a statement.

Jayawardena was due to appear before the Unit at 9.00am today to provide a statement over match fixing allegations at the 2011 Cricket World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, former captain Kumar Sangakkara left the unit yesterday, after recording a statement for over nine hours.

Earlier, statements were also recorded from the then chief selector - Aravinda de Silva and player Upul Tharanga.

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