The Sri Lankan sports ministry have decided to drop the investigation into claims of match fixing in the 2011 Cricket World Cup final, after they questioned the then captain Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, who scored an unbeaten hundred in the final, opening batsman Upul Tharanga, and the then chief selector and former Sri Lankan Cricketer Aravinda de Silva.
The allegations were raised by Mahindananda
Aluthgamage, who was the sports minister during the time of the 2011 World Cup. Aluthgamage raised concerns over the four changes made by the Sri Lankan Cricket team for the final.
After there were news of the investigation being dropped, the International Cricket Council also clarified that they haven’t found any evidence of wrongdoings. ICC’s Anti Corruption Unit General Manager Alex Marshall said, “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.”
As the investigation progressed De Silva was questioned for six hours while Sangakkara was interviewed for eight hours. Then captain Mahela Jayawardene too was asked to come in for questioning but the investigation was shut before his interview.
Powered by Jayawardene’s unbeaten hundred, and cameos from Sangakkara, and Kulasekara and Thisara Perera at the end, Sri Lanka set a target of 275 for India to win the World Cup. Despite losing openers Sehwag and Tendulkar, India managed to get back in the game with a partnership between Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli. Once Kohli got out for 35, Indian captain MS Dhoni walked in, and, majorly with the support of Gautam Gambhir (97) played the innings of his life, helping India chase down the target with 6 wickets and 10 balls to spare, and lift the World Cup after 28 years, finishing on 91*.