Match–fixing probe halted | Daily News


Match–fixing probe halted

ICC: no evidence to support claims

The Special Investigation Unit of the Sports Ministry yesterday concluded its probe on 2011 World Cup match -fixing allegations and submitted a report to the Acting IGP. .

Colombo Police Headquarters sources told the Daily News that the investigators probing the allegations had decided to conclude their investigation on the ground of lack of evidence and that they had submitted a report on the probe to Acting IGP C.D.Wickremeratne.

The Sports Ministry’s Special Investigation Unit on Prevention of Offences relating to Sports Act of 2019,

 had recorded statements from Ex-Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage, the Chairman of the Selection Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket in 2011, Aravinda De Siva, former cricketer Upul Tharanga and former World Cup Captain Kumara Sangakkara as regards this investigation.

Sources said that besides recording theses statements, the investigators scrutinized many documents pertaining to Sri Lanka Cricket as well and found no evidence to continue with the probe.

ICC Anti-Corruption Unit General Manager Alex Marshall responding to allegations of corruption with regard to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2011 final had said in a media release.

“The ICC Integrity Unit has looked into the recent allegations regarding the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Final 2011. 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.

“If anyone has any evidence that this match or any other has been subject to match-fixing, we would urge them to get in contact with the ICC Integrity team.”

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