In a first in South Asia, Sri Lanka has criminalised several offences related to match-fixing in an attempt to stamp out the corruption scandals that have plagued the national team in the past few years. The Sri Lanka Parliament has passed all three readings of a bill entitled “Prevention of Offences Related to Sports” in which offences related to corruption in sports will carry a prison term of up to 10 years, as well as various fines, reports ESPNcricinfo. Also Read: Kohli & Co ask for special practice session to prepare for Day/Night TestSports Minister Harin Fernando presented the bill in Parliament on Monday and it was supported by former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga, who is now a Cabinet Minister.The bill not only seeks to punish “any person related to a sport” who is directly involved in fixing, but also those who “provide...inside information”, curators who prepare playing surfaces to suit betting … [Read more...] about Match-fixing now a criminal offence in Sri Lanka
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In a first for a South Asian nation, Sri Lanka has criminalised several offences related to match-fixing, and decreed strict penalties in the wake of the investigation by the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) of International Cricket Council (ICC) into the country’s cricket, which has been roiled by corruption scandals over the past two years. On Monday, Sri Lanka’s Parliament passed all three readings of The Prevention of Offences Related to Sports Bill that entails a prison term of up to 10 years for corruption in sports, as well as hefty fines up to 100 million Sri Lankan rupees. The Bill, which was presented by Sports Minister Harin Fernando, found strong backing from Sri Lanka’s 1996 World Cup winning captain and Cabinet minister Arjuna Ranatunga. Match-fixing is a serious crime in a number of other cricketing nations, including England and Australia. Advertising What does Sri Lanka’s new match-fixing law say? According to the new legislation, “any … [Read more...] about Explained: Sri Lanka has criminalised match-fixing. What does the new law say?
IMAGE: In February this year, Sri Lanka batting great Sanath Jayasuriya was banned from all cricket for two years after breaching two counts of the International Cricket Council's anti-corruption code. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has been under investigation by the ICC's ACU since 2017. Photograph: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters Sri Lanka has become the first South Asian nation to criminalise several offences related to match-fixing as its parliament passed all three readings of a bill labelled "Prevention of Offences Related to Sports". If a person is found guilty of committing an offence related to corruption in sports, then he may find himself jailed for a term up to 10 years and he will also be required to pay various fines, ESPNcricinfo reported. The newest legislation covers all sports and it is believed that the recent investigation by Anti-Corruption Unit prompted this bill to be drafted. Sri Lanka's Sports Minister Harin Fernando presented the bill in the parliament and former skipper … [Read more...] about Buzz: Sri Lanka to criminalise fixing-related offences
Hundreds of inmates at Sri Lanka’s biggest high-security prison staged a second day of protests Tuesday, demanding their freedom after the president pardoned a well-connected man convicted of brutally murdering a Swedish teenager.Jude Jayamaha, convicted of killing Yvonne Jonsson in Colombo in 2005, walked free on Saturday following the highly unusual pardon granted by President Maithripala Sirisena, whose term in office ends this weekend.Police said around 1,000 prisoners had refused on Monday to return to their cells at Welikada prison in Colombo, while four inmates had clambered onto the prison’s roof.An official said police commandos were standing by outside with orders to move in if necessary.There were reports of a similar protest at another prison in the south of the island.The prisoners are demanding their release on the same terms as Jayamaha, who hails from a wealthy Colombo family with political connections.The victim Jonsson, 19, whose mother was Sri Lankan and … [Read more...] about Sri Lanka prisoners demand freedom after Swedish teenager’s killer pardoned
Actor Anushka Sharma is in the UK, giving company to husband and cricketer Virat Kohli who is leading Team India in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup. The actor cheered for the team from the bleachers as India won against Sri Lanka and was seen asking one of the friends about the signal for a four. While its okay to not know about the technicalities of the game, Twitter had a field day laughing over the same. A video of Anushka asking one of those sitting besides her “Is this a four signal?” has gone viral. She is seen making the gesture of the signal which indicates a four (4 runs).Taking a dig at the actor, a fan wrote, “Wife of Indian Cricket team Captain” with a folded hands emoji. A similar tweet read, “Wife of best cricketer in the world.” Another user wrote, “Kohli ko sahi biwi mili hai. (Kohli has got the right kind of wife).” Watch | Anushka Sharma trolled for asking what’s the signal … [Read more...] about Anushka Sharma asks what is the signal for a four at India vs Sri Lanka World Cup match, Twitter can’t stop laughing