The International Cricket Council has given a clean chit to the 2011 World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka as there was no evidence to establish the allegations of corruption.
Responding to former Sri Lankan Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage’s accusation that the team led by Kumara Sangakkara had deliberately lost the final, ICC had stated that there was “no reason to doubt the integrity of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Final 2011”.
Earlier today, Sri Lankan Government too has reportedly halted t0he probe into 2011 World Cup final fixing accusations.
ICC Anti-Corruption Unit too had looked into the allegation as part of the world cricket body’s zero tolerance policy on corruption.
ICC General Manager Alex Marshall has stated that “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.
“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 o 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.
“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.”
The Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led India had responded to Sri Lanka’s 274 for six by scoring 277 in 48 overs and two balls for the loss to four wickets, despite having lost openers Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar with only 31 runs on the board.
The then Sri Lankan Sports Minister had accused that his national team had “sold” the World Cup final.