No ev­i­dence, Lanka shut probe

The Asian Age - - Games -

Colombo, July 3: The Sri Lankan Police on Fri­day ended its in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­le­ga­tions that the coun­try’s 2011 World Cup fi­nal loss to In­dia was fixed, say­ing it found no ev­i­dence af­ter record­ing state­ments of stal­warts like Ku­mar San­gakkara and Ma­hela Jayawar­dene.

For­mer sports min­is­ter Mahin­dananda Aluthga­m­age had al­leged that the fi­nal, which In­dia won, was fixed by “cer­tain par­ties” lead­ing to an in­quiry by the Spe­cial In­ves­ti­ga­tion Di­vi­sion of the Police.

“We will be send­ing a re­port to the Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Sports who di­rected us. We have con­cluded the in­ves­ti­ga­tion fol­low­ing an in­ter­nal dis­cus­sion held to­day”, Ja­gath Fon­seka, police su­per­in­ten­dent Fon­seka, in charge of the spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion unit on preven­tion of of­fenses re­lat­ing to sports, told re­porters.

Ac­cord­ing to Fon­seka, the 14-point al­le­ga­tions lev­elled by Aluthga­m­age, could not be cor­rob­o­rated.

ICC WON’T IN­VES­TI­GATE MIN­IS­TER’S FIX­ING CLAIM The In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil will not be launch­ing a for­mal in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­leged cor­rup­tion around the 2011 World Cup fi­nal fol­low­ing claims by a for­mer Sri Lanka sports min­is­ter that the na­tional team de­lib­er­ately lost the match to In­dia for money.

“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 code,” said Alex Mar­shall, gen­eral man­ager of the ICC’s anti-cor­rup­tion unit.

For­mer Sri Lanka crick­eter Ma­hela Jayawar­dene ar­rives at the Spe­cial In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit to be in­ter­viewed by police in Colombo on Fri­day with re­gard to a probe into al­le­ga­tions that the 2011 World Cup fi­nal was “sold” to In­dia.

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