Sri Lankan sports ministry halts 2011 World Cup final match fixing probe

Sri Lankan Sports Ministry has halted its investigation into allegations of match fixing in the 2011 World Cup final involving Sri Lanka and India due to insufficient evidence.


Sri Lankan Sports Ministry has halted its investigation into allegations of match fixing in 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, according to news portal adaderana.lk.

Following allegations of match-fixing in 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 did not provide substantial proof to corroborate his claims.

Jayawardene, on Friday, was the latest cricketer from the island nation to be questioned in probe over allegations of fixing in the 2011 World Cup final. Jayawardene, who had hit a hundred in Sri Lanka's defeat to India in the World cup final, was spotted arriving at 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 extended to nearly 10 hours, according to local media reports. Details of his deposition are not yet known. Sangakkara was the captain of Sri Lanka when they lost the World Cup final in 2011 to India.

Notably, members of a youth outfit in Sri Lanka, Samagi Tharuna Balawegaya came in support of the players and staged a protest in front of the Sports Ministry. According to media reports, the protest was held against the continuous harassment of Sanagakkara and other 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 record his statements.

Aravinda de Silva, who was the chairman of the selection committee, during the 2011 World Cup, was questioned for over 6 hours.

Aravinda had earlier refuted Mahindananda Aluthgamage's fixing claims, saying a probe should be conducted to expose the lies.

The 1996 World Cup winner also said people should not be allowed to get away with lies and urged the Indian government and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to conduct an 'impartial inquiry' into the allegations.