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Jul 04, 2020

No reason to doubt integrity of final - ICC Featured

The ICC Anti-Corruption Unit General Manager Alex Marshall responds to allegations of corruption with regards to the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2011 final.

“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 of 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."

Aluthgamage condemns probe dismissal

However, the then sports minister - Mahindananda Aluthgamage, who initially raised the allegation has condemned the decision to suspend the investigation done on this regard.

Yesterday, the Special Investigation Unit of the Sports ministry announced their decision to suspend the investigation.

Aluthgamage has questioned as to why former cricketers were summoned and questioned over allegations of match fixing, when he clearly stated that players were not involved in the matter.

Speaking to media in Hatton said he cannot agree with the haste in which Police dismissed the investigation without recording statements from individuals who should have been probed instead.

He questioned as to on what basis were Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene summoned to appear before the investigative unit, adding that the Police Media Spokesman declared that the investigation was closed as there was no evidence to proceed.

Defamation

Meanwhile, legal expert Prof. Prathiba Mahanamahewa says any individual who believes they were insulted by recent allegations levelled byAluthgamage, can file a case of defamation.

Speaking to media, he said a case can be filed claiming that allegations were levelled on baseless grounds, owing to the lack of evidence to support charges.

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