On Friday, Sri Lankan Police stopped a match-fixing investigation into the 2011 World Cup Finals saying that they found no evidence of Sri Lankan players purposely letting India win the World Cup.
Sri Lankan police on Friday dropped the match-fixing investigation into the 2011 World Cup Finals saying that they found no evidence of Sri Lankan players letting the Indian team win purposely. Former Chief Selector Aravinda de Silva, ex-captain Kumar Sangakkara & opening batsman Upul Tharanga were questioned by the police this week over the suspicions that the match was fixed.
Talking about the investigation into the matter, a top police officer said to the media, “We are satisfied with their explanation”. The inquiry is now closed. They had reasonable explanations about the changes that were made to the final squad,” the officer added. We have no evidence of any wrongdoing by the SriLankan team.”
Sri Lanka had made four changes to the team for the Finals of 2011 World Cup which Sri Lanka lost to India at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. The quick decision to stop the investigation was taken soon after the 2011 ream’s Vice-Captain Mahela Jayawardene arrived at the office of the SIU to give his statement. “We will give our maximum cooperation,” Jayawardena told reporters before leaving the SIU when officers refused to accept his testimony.
Jayawardene was called for investigation soon after Sangakkara’s questioning which was done for almost 10 hours ended by the team of detectives on Thursday. The investigation was started when the former sports minister Aluthgamage alleged that the finals were purposely lost by Sri Lanka to ensure Indian Victory.