Sri Lanka became first South Asian nation to criminalise match-fixing related offences

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Sri Lanka has become first South Asian nation to criminalise several offences related to match-fixing. The move comes after Sri Lankan parliament passed of a bill related to it labelled as “Prevention of Offences Related to Sports”. Sri Lanka’s Sports Ministry worked closely with International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) during the process of drafting bill.

• The Sri Lankan parliament has passed a bill related to ‘prevention of sports-related crimes’.
• Now, match-fixing in Sri Lanka will be considered as a criminal offence. This new law, related to match-fixing, will apply to every game.
• As per the bill, Sri Lankan cricketers now have to report corrupt approaches to the Sri Lankan Government.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has been under investigation by International Cricket Council’s ACU since 2017. Former cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya was charged under ICC Code and accordingly handed a two-year ban. Recently, Shakib Al Hasan all-rounder of Bangladesh was also handed a two-year ban, with 1 year being suspended for not reporting a suspected match-fixing offer to ICC’s ACU.