Dubai, July 04: Following Kumar Sangakarra, the captain of Sri Lankan team in ICC World Cup 2011 was interrogated regarding the match-fixing allegations, the ICC responded that there is no reason to doubt the integrity of the 2011 World Cup final where India defeated Sri Lanka. The ICC also stated that no evidence was provided to ICC that would merit launching an investigation about the final match.
“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," ICC Anti-Corruption Unit General Manager Alex Marshall stated.
In addition to this, he stated that 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," he added.
Further, he said that the apex cricket governing body takes all allegations of this nature extremely seriously and if they receive any evidence to corroborate the claims, they will review it immediately. "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."
This statement came after Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Sports had launched an investigation into the 2011 World Cup final, after Aluthgamage, former Chairman of the National Selection Committee Aravinda de Silva had stated on 18 June that the match had been fixed. The statements from Aluthgamage, former Chairman of the National Selection Committee Aravinda de Silva, Sri Lanka opener Upul Tharanga, then-skipper Kumar Sangakkara, and Mahela Jayawardene were recorded. As the police found no evidence supporting Aluthgamage’s baseless claims, they called off the probe on Friday.