PCB Backs Misbah despite failure in PSL 202023 March 2020 / SkyBook365 Cricket Editors Team
Islamabad crashed out without reaching the knockout stages for the 1st time.
While betting on sports in Sri Lanka was already illegal, the new rules ban 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. Dilhara Lokuhettige, former Sri Lankan fast bowler, was last year suspended for corruption in a limited-overs league in 2017. Lokuhettige was, in fact, the third Sri Lankan player charged for violating the ICC's anti-corruption code, after similar charges were levelled against former captain Sanath Jayasuriya and former pacer Nuwan Zoysa.
Although parliament passed this legislation during Monday's special sitting, it is not law until the Act is gazetted, probably in the course of the next 10 days. A parliament spokesperson said the gazetting is expected to be a mere formality. Just as significantly, the bill also criminalises "acts of omission", which includes failure to report corrupt approaches. This means that Sri Lankan cricketers who are approached by potential corruptors may now have to report these approaches not only to the ICC's ACU under the ICC code, but also to a Special Investigation Unit appointed by Sri Lanka's government. The new law comes only months after Harin Fernando, the Sri Lankan sports minister, said the sport's governance in the country 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. The bill's ambit is broad. It seeks not only 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 operators, and match officials who "deliberately misapply the rules" for money. In addition, it is now also illegal for former players (and others involved in sports) to provide corrupt figures access to current players.
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