The 2011 World Cup Match Fixing has stirred up speculations ever since the former Sri Lanka sports minister has made his claim. Mahindananda Aluthgamage had said that he suspected his country of selling the 2011 World Cup to India.
“I want my suspicion investigated,” Aluthgamage told reporters. “I gave to the Police, a copy of the complaint I lodged with the International Cricket Council (ICC) on 30 October 2011 regarding the said allegation as then Sports Minister,” he said.
The former captains, Kumar Sangakara and Mahela Jayawardene ridiculed his claim and asked for evidence. Afterwhich, a probe was set up by the cricket board to check into the matter.
On 3rd July, the local police dropped the investigation due to lack of evidence after thorough questioning Kumar Sangakara, opening batsman Upul Tharanga and the then chief selector of the team, Aravinda de Silva.
The Local Police had closed the investigations
“We are satisfied with their explanation,” a top police official told AFP. “The inquiry is now closed.” “They had reasonable explanations about the changes that were made to the final squad,” the officer added. “We found no evidence of any wrongdoing.”
Aluthgamage said that the police had failed the probe. He urged the president of the country to take matters into his hands and pressurize ICC to reopen the investigation. He also said that he had informed Alex Marshall, the chief of the anti-corruption wing at ICC and said he would also provide more evidence if needed.
However, when asked about the issue, Marshall said that “at this time” the ICC has “not been presented with any evidence that supports the claims made or which would merit launching an investigation”.
But he said that the ICC takes “allegations of this nature extremely seriously and should we receive any evidence to corroborate the claims, we will review our current position.”
Though the country’s police have not responded yet to the allegation and claim, the citizens of the country have criticized the 2011 World Cup Match-fixing claim of the minister. It can be harmful to the government especially when the country is about to hold its election on 5th August.