Sri Lanka police calls off 2011 World Cup final fixing probe
Former sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage had alleged that the final, which India won, was fixed by “certain parties” leading to an inquiry by the Special Investigation Division of the Police.Updated: Jul 03, 2020 19:37 IST
Sri Lankan police recently launched an investigation into allegations that the 2011 World Cup final was fixed. Sri Lanka, led by Kumar Sangakkara, lost the final to India by 6 wickets. However, former sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage landed an allegation that the final was fixed by ‘certain parties’. This led to an inquiry by the Special Investigation Division of the Police. After the investigation, the police have found no evidence into the allegations and have suspended their inquiry.
Sri Lanka cricket legends Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Aravinda de Silva were quizzed by the police for over six and 10 hours respectively and it led to protests outside SLC office on Thursday.
“We will be sending a report to the Secretary, Ministry of Sports who directed us. We have concluded the investigation following an internal discussion held today”, Jagath Fonseka, police superintendent Fonseka, in charge of the special investigation unit on prevention of offenses relating to sports, told reporters.
According to Fonseka, the 14-point allegations levelled by Aluthgamage, could not be corroborated.
“We see no reason why players must be further questioned”, Fonseka added.
Fonseka’s investigation unit interviewed de Silva -- the then chairman of selectors --, Sangakkara, the captain at the final, Upul Tharanga, one of the openers and Mahela Jayawardene.De Silva and Sangakkara, the sitting president of the MCC.
Fonseka said the three cricketers, who gave statements, had adequately explained the reasons for sudden team changes in the final -- one of the accusations made by Aluthgamage.
The former sports minister had raised doubts about four changes in team selection in the final.
“We felt that summoning all players to give statement would create an unnecessary uproar,” Fonseka said adding that despite Aluthgamage’s claims the ICC hadn’t pursued the matter.
The quizzing of players drew public ire and the former sports minister was subjected to criticism for raising the issue after nine years of the event.Aluthgamage claimed that he believed that players were not involved but couldn’t prove how could a match be fixed without involvement of the participants.
(with PTI inputs)