New Delhi: Sri Lankan police on Friday dropped the criminal investigation into the 2011 cricket World Cup final due to lack of evidence.
The sudden decision to end the investigation came after the 2011 team’s vice-captain Mahela Jayawardena went to the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) office to give a statement.
Former chief selector Aravinda de Silva, and the team’s skipper Kumar Sangakkara and opening batsman Upul Tharanga were questioned this week over suspicions that have dogged the match for years.
Sri Lanka made four changes to the team that lost to India at Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium.
Jayawardena had been called in after Sangakkara was grilled for nearly 10 hours by detectives on Thursday.
The probe began after for Sri Lanka sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage alleged that the 2011 WC final was sold to India by “certain parties”.
An investigation was started into the 2011 World Cup final by the Sri Lankan Ministry of Sports, following former Minister of Sports Mahindananda Aluthgamage’s allegations that the April 2, 2011 final was fixed even though no substantial proof has been furnished to corroborate the charge.
Another former sports minister Harin Fernando, who introduced anti-corruption laws in November, said Aluthgamage should be prosecuted for making a false allegation against cricket legends.
Match-fixing was made a criminal offence in the new law. Offenders face fines of up to 100 million rupees (USD 555,000) and up to 10 years’ jail.