2011 World Cup final not fixed, police closed case after investigation

Jul 04 2020 03:04 PM
2011 World Cup final not fixed, police closed case after investigation

The International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Friday that it had not been given any status in relation to the claim of fixing the final of the World Cup-2011 made by former Sri Lankan Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage. There is no reason to doubt it. ICC Director General of Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) Alex Marshall said in a statement, "The ICC Integrity Unit looked into the allegations made about the final of the World Cup-2011. We have not been given any evidence that claims or on the basis of which we can set up an inquiry under the ICC's corruption rules. In this case, there is no record of the Sri Lankan Sports Minister sending any letter to the ICC and the senior ICC officials at that time have confirmed that they do not remember the incident of receiving any such letter. On the basis of which investigation could be done. We have no reason to doubt the veracity of the ICC World Cup-2011 final. "

"We take such allegations seriously and if we find evidence matching this claim, we will review our current stand," the statement said. Sri Lankan police have also ended the investigation in this case. They also say that no evidence has been found regarding the allegations made by the former Sports Minister. "Three statements were recorded but not a single statement was made regarding the 14 allegations made by former Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage," the Lankadeep newspaper quoted SSP Jagat Fonseka as in-charge of the Sri Lankan Sports Ministry's Special Investigations Unit (SIU). The ICC has also not responded to these allegations. It has not conducted any investigation. "

Those questioned in this regard include Kumar Sangakkara, the captain of the World Cup, opener Upul Tharanga, Mahela Jayawardene, and the then chief selector Arvind de Silva. Fonseca said that the committee will send its report to the Secretary of the Sports Ministry. He said that after a meeting with high officials of the committee this morning, a decision has been taken to end the investigation. Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage had claimed that the final match played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai in 2011 was fixed. He had said, "The 2011 World Cup final was fixed, I stand by my point. This happened when I was the Sports Minister." He said last month, "I cannot share information for the sake of the country though. The match played against India in 2011, we could have won, but that was the fix." He had said, "I am saying this responsibly and I am ready to debate it. People are worried that I should not include any cricketer in it. However, fixing a certain group match Was definitely involved in doing it. "

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