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MS Dhoni and Kumar Sangakkara ahead of the 2011 World Cup final. (ICC photo)
DUBAI: ICC said on Friday that there is no reason to doubt the integrity of 2011 World cup final In which India defeated Sri Lanka, stating that it had not been given any evidence that would investigate the game.
The inquiry into allegations leveled by former Sports Minister Mahidananda Aluthgam by the Sri Lankan Police’s Special Investigations Division on Friday came to a close after the World Sports body’s statement that the final was decided in Sri Lanka by “certain parties”. Police said it found evidence supporting Althagamage’s unrelated claims.
“We have no reason to doubt the integrity of the ICC Men’s Cricket world cup Final 2011, ”Alex Marshall, general manager of the ICC’s anti-corruption unit, said in a statement.
“The ICC Integration Unit has looked into recent allegations about the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Final 2011,” Marshall said.
The ACU chief said, “At this time, we have not been presented with any evidence that supports the claims made or that will launch an investigation under the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Code.”
The former Sri Lankan Sports Minister claims that a letter was sent to the ICC alleging the fixing was also made by Marshall.
“There is no record of any letter regarding the matter sent by the then Sri Lankan Sports Minister to the ICC and senior ICC staff, confirming that they have no recollection of having received such a letter which led to Investigate, “said Marshall.
He reiterated that the ICC takes all allegations of match fixing seriously.
“We take all allegations of this nature very seriously and should we obtain any evidence to corroborate the claims, we would suggest our position.”
“If anyone has any evidence that this match or any other match is subject to fixing, we will urge them to get in touch with the ICC Integrity Team,” Marshall said concluding the statement.
Three former Sri Lankan captains Arvinda DeSilva (chairman of selectors during the 2011 World Cup), Kumar Sangakkara (Captain) and Mahela Jayawardene (Centurion in finals) His statements were recorded before the investigation was closed.
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