Sri Lankan police cease match-fixing investigation of ICC World Cup 2011 finalJuly 4, 2020
Colombo Sri Lankan police on Friday closed the investigation into allegations of a fix for their team’s defeat to India in the 2011 World Cup final and said it had not found any evidence after recording the statements of veteran cricketers Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene. .Former Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage alleged that the final match was fixed, prompting the investigation by the Special Investigation Department of the police. Superintendent of Police Jagat Fonseka said, ‘We are sending this report to the Secretary of the Ministry of Sports who instructed us. We ended the investigation today after internal
Fonseca heads the Special Investigation Unit to prevent sports-related crimes. According to him, Aluthgamage had made 14 numerical allegations which could not be confirmed. Fonseca said, “We see no reason why the players should be questioned any more.”
The investigation unit questioned team captain Sangakkara, opener Upul Tharanga and Mahela Jayawardene in the final besides Arvind De Silva, the then chief selector.
Fonseca said that the three cricketers explained why there were sudden team changes in the final, which was one of the allegations Aluthgamage made. He said, “We felt that calling all players and recording statements would be unnecessary.”