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2011 World Cup final inquiry ends, no proof against ex-Sri Lankan cricket icons Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardena
Colombo/UNI: The investigation into the match-fixing allegations raised against the Sri Lanka cricket team of 2011 World Cup has concluded and players have been cleared, Chief of the SIU SSP Jagath Fonseka said according to a report in newswire.lk.
Sri Lanka Cricketers, including Mahela Jayawardena, Kumara Sangakkara, Aravinda de Silva and Upul Tharanga were inquired and summoned in this regard.
Fonseka said the statements of three cricketers summoned so far are genuine, and has revealed the practical reason for a change in squad during the tournament, adding that this is an incident that had occurred in 2011. He further said that they will send the report on the investigation to the Secretary of the Ministry of Sports.
A decision to end the probe was taken on Friday after a discussion with high ranking officials of the Special Investigation Unit, the report added.
SSP Fonseka pointed out that the summoning of various cricketers to record statements had caused a crisis in the country and can lead to a major issue.
“The three statements recorded thus far shows that there are no evidence to prove the 14- allegations raised by former Parliamentarian Mahindananda Aluthgamage. The International Cricket Council too has not responded with regard to the allegations. It has also not even commenced any investigations’, he told Lankadeepa Newspaper.
The Ministry of Sports launched an investigation into the allegation, after former Minister of Sports Mahindananda Aluthgamage revealed in June that the 2011 Cricket World Cup final between Sri Lanka and India was fixed.