Sri Lanka (Teach by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images)
Sri Lankan police on Friday dropped a criminal investigation into the
2011 Cricket World Cup final, announcing they stumbled on no evidence of
match-fixing by avid gamers to let their Indian opponents take.
Feeble chief selector Aravinda de Silva, and the team’s skipper Kumar
Sangakkara and opening batsman Upul Tharanga had been puzzled this week
over suspicions which salvage dogged the match for years.
“We are glad with their explanation,” a high police loyal told AFP. “The inquiry is now closed.”
“They had cheap explanations about the modifications that had been made to
the final squad,” the officer added. “We stumbled on no evidence of any
Sri Lanka made four modifications to the team that misplaced to India at Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium.
The surprising resolution to total the investigation came after the 2011
team’s vice captain Mahela Jayawardena went to the Special Investigation
Unit (SIU) procure 22 situation of labor to give a assertion.
“We’re going to be in a position to give our most cooperation,” Jayawardena told reporters
sooner than leaving the SIU when officers refused to accept his testimony and
told him to return later.
Jayawardena had been known as in after Sangakkara used to be grilled for virtually 10 hours by detectives on Thursday.
The investigation has resulted in a social media backlash in opposition to the authorities of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
The probe used to be caused by Mahindananda Aluthgamage, who used to be sports actions
minister in 2011 and is a latest insist minister, after he alleged that
the final used to be thrown by Sri Lanka.
Yet every other old sports actions minister Harin Fernando, who presented
anti-corruption laws in November, acknowledged Aluthgamage ought to be prosecuted
for making a incorrect allegation in opposition to cricket legends.
Match-fixing used to be made a criminal offence in the modern law. Offenders
face fines of up to 100 million rupees ($555 000) and up to 10 years’
Aluthgamage faced a customary backlash in the cricket-infected country for implicating old avid gamers in match fixing
There used to be no instantaneous direct from Aluthgamage over the cancellation of the investigation.
Sangakkara, who is furthermore president of England’s prestigious Marylebone
Cricket Club, had requested Aluthgamage to refer his allegations to the
World Cricket Council.