Sri Lankan Sports Ministry has halted its investigation into allegations of match fixing within the 2011 World Cup final involving Sri Lanka and India due to insufficient evidence.
The Special Investigations Unit of the Sports Ministry which questioned former captains Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Aravinda de Silva halted the probe on Friday, in accordance to information portal adaderana.lk.
Following allegations of match-fixing within the 2011 World Cup final involving India and Sri Lanka by former Minister of Sports Mahindananda Aluthgamage, the Sri Lankan Ministry of Sports had launched an investigation. The ex-sports minister didn’t present substantial proof to corroborate his claims.
Sports Ministry’s Special Investigations Unit halts investigations into 2011 WC final match-fixing allegations due to insufficient evidence – Police Spokesman- https://t.co/UE0xsYaVWx
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Jayawardene, on Friday, was the most recent cricketer from the island nation to be questioned in probe over allegations of fixing within the 2011 World Cup final. Jayawardene, who had hit 100 in Sri Lanka’s defeat to India within the World cup final, was noticed arriving on the Special Investigations Unit of the Sports Ministry at Sugathadasa Stadium in Colombo.
On Thursday, Sri Lankan police recorded Kumar Sangakkara’s statement in a questioning session that prolonged to almost 10 hours, in accordance to native media reviews. Details of his deposition should not but identified. Sangakkara was the captain of Sri Lanka once they misplaced the World Cup final in 2011 to India.
“We are satisfied with their explanation,” a high police official informed AFP. “The inquiry is now closed.”
“They had reasonable explanations about the changes that were made to the final squad,” the officer added. “We found no evidence of any wrongdoing.”
Notably, members of a youth outfit in Sri Lanka, Samagi Tharuna Balawegaya got here in help of the gamers and staged a protest in entrance of the Sports Ministry. According to media reviews, the protest was held in opposition to the continual harassment of Sangakkara and different cricketers over unconfirmed match-fixing allegations.
Earlier, Sri Lanka opener Upul Tharanga was questioned by the Special Investigations Unit of the Sports Ministry days after former chief selector and World Cup-winner Aravinda de Silva was summoned to document his statements.
Aravinda de Silva, who was the chairman of the choice committee, in the course of the 2011 World Cup, was questioned for over 6 hours.
Aravinda had earlier refuted Mahindananda Aluthgamage’s fixing claims, saying a probe needs to be performed to expose the lies.
The 1996 World Cup winner additionally mentioned individuals shouldn’t be allowed to get away with lies and urged the Indian authorities and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to conduct an ‘neutral inquiry’ into the allegations.