Cricket news - Sri Lanka drop investigation into 2011 World Cup Final fixing claims

Aravinda de Silva, Upul Tharanga and Kumar Sangakkara were questioned before the sports ministry decided to drop the investigation

Aravinda de Silva, Upul Tharanga and Kumar Sangakkara were questioned before the sports ministry decided to drop the investigation

After questioning Kumar Sangakkara, Upul Tharanga and Aravinda de Silva (chief selector during 2011 World Cup), the Sri Lankan sports ministry has decided to stop the investigation into claims that the final in 2011 was fixed. The allegations were raised by former sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage.

Aluthgamage, who was the sports minister during the time of the 2011 World Cup, raised concerns about the four changes Sri Lanka made in the final. Angelo Mathews didn't feature in the contest while Muttiah Muralitharan played despite an injury. Now with the investigation dropped, the International Cricket Council has also clarified that they haven't found any evidence of wrongdoings.

"The ICC Integrity Unit has looked into the recent allegations regarding the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Final 2011," ICC's Anti Corruption Unit General Manager Alex Marshall said. "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."

As the investigation progressed De Silva was questioned for six hours while Sangakkara was interviewed for eight hours. Then captain Mahela Jayawardene too was asked to come in for questioning but the investigation was shut before his interview.

Jayawardene scored a century to help Sri Lanka post 274 for 6 in the final in Mumbai. India, however, managed to chase down the target with six wickets in hand after Gautam Gambhir's 97 and Mahendra Singh Dhoni's unbeaten 79-ball 91.