Sri Lanka Cricket introduce tougher penalties for match-fixing

Sri Lanka Cricket (SC) have introduced tougher penalties for match-fixing and tightened sports betting regulations.

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Sri Lanka Cricket (SC) have taken a bold step by making tougher penalties for match-fixing and tightened sports betting regulations in an attempt to stamp out the corruption scandals that have plagued the national team in the past few years.

The new rules include banning citizens from gambling on overseas contests as well. Those found guilty of match fixing now face a jail term of up to 10 years and potential fines to the tunes of LKR 100 million (USD 555,000), while also banning people with family links to gambling businesses from sitting on the sport’s local governing body.

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Harin Fernando, the Sri Lankan sports minister can take some credit for the bold step as the new law came  only months after was riddled with graft “from top to bottom,” and that the ICC have singled out Sri Lanka as the world’s most corrupt cricketing nations.

After the law as passed, Harin Fernando told in a press conference on Monday: “Many tried to prevent this piece of legislation, but I am happy that it was taken up today.”

In the recent years, International Cricket Council (ICC) found former Sri Lankan opener Sanath Jayasuriya guilty of failing to cooperate with a match-fixing probe and the former national selector was slapped a two-year ban, while Zoysa got a suspension for his alleged involvement in match-fixing.

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