After questioning Sri Lanka players like Kumar Sangakkara, Upul Tharanga, and chief selector of 2011 World Cup Aravinda de Silva, the Sri Lankan Ministry of Sports have dropped the investigation into alleged match fixing charges involved in the 2011 World Cup. The claim was raised by then sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage.
Angelo Mathews wasn’t a part of the Sri Lanka squad while Muttiah Muralitharan played despite an injury.
Now with the allegations dropped, International Cricket Council (ICC) has also found no proof of any wrongdoings during the India versus Sri Lanka 2011 World Cup final.
“The ICC Integrity Unit has looked into the recent allegations regarding the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Final 2011,” ICC’s Anti Corruption Unit General Manager Alex Marshall said. “At this time, we have not been presented with any evidence that supports the claims made or which would merit launching an investigation under the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.
“There is no record of any letter regarding this matter sent by the then Sri Lanka Sports Minister to the ICC and senior ICC staff at the time have confirmed they have no recollection of receiving any such letter which would have led to an investigation. We have no reason to doubt the integrity of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Final 2011. We take all allegations of this nature extremely seriously and should we receive any evidence to corroborate the claims, we will review our current position.”
As the investigation progressed, de Silva was questioned for six hours while Sangakkara was interrogated for ten long hours. Then captain Mahela Jayawardene was also supposed to be cross-questioned, but the case was dropped before the interview could be conducted.
While Sri Lanka scored a 274-6 in 50-overs with Jayawardene scoring a terrific century, India managed to chase down the target with Gautam Gambhir’s fantastic 97 and Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s unbeaten 91 in 79 balls. India bought the World Cup home after 28 years.
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