The ICC has said it has no doubt about the transparency of the 2011 World Cup final and will not investigate the match at present. The match was recently investigated on the basis of allegations made by the former Sri Lankan sports minister. Arvind de Silva, Kumar Sangakkara, Upul Tharanga fixing evidence after questioning, the decision of the investigation has been turned off. This time the ICC clarified its position in this regard.
Alex Marshall, general manager of the ICC’s anti-corruption unit, said in an official statement in the wake of allegations that Mumbai-India-Sri Lanka had reached the final that they had not been given any evidence on the basis of the allegations. They did not receive any letter from anyone in Sri Lanka.
“The ICC’s Integrity Unit has investigated the recent allegations about the final of the 2011 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. At this time we have not been provided with any evidence to support this allegation, or on the basis of which we can investigate in accordance with the ICC’s anti-corruption clause.
No letter has come to the ICC from the then Sports Minister of Sri Lanka. Senior officials have confirmed that they have not received anything before that would lead to an investigation. “(We) ICC has no reason to doubt the transparency of the 2011 World Cup final,” Marshall said in a statement.
India won the ODI World Cup again after 28 years by defeating Sri Lanka in the final on April 2, 2011. The then Sri Lankan sports minister claimed that Kumar Sangakkara’s team had lost the match on purpose.
Investigating officer Jagath Fonseka also said after the Sangakkaras were acquitted on Friday that the ICC had not given them any indication to investigate.
Marshall says they will only move away from their current position once they have the evidence. “We take all such allegations very carefully and seriously,” he said. If we find any evidence with these claims, we will monitor our current position.
“If anyone has any evidence of fixing in that match or any match, we urge them to contact the ICC Integrity Team.”