Despite sports betting being illegal in the country there are several illegal betting rings operating in Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan government has introduced a series of measures tightening its noose on illegal betting activities and also match-fixing.
The new measures come after Sri Lanka’s cricket team faces multiple allegations of match-fixing for the past several years.
“Many tried to prevent this piece of legislation, but I am happy that it was taken up today,” Sports Minister Harin Fernando said after new rules were passed unanimously by parliament.
According to the revised regulations, Offenders could face up to 10 years’ jail and fines of up to 100 million rupees ($555,000) for match-fixing.
In 2017, former Sri Lankan fast bowler Dilhara Lokuhettige was suspended for corruption linked to a limited-over league in 2017.
Sri Lankan opener, Sanath Jayasuriya was also found guilty of failing to cooperate with a match-fixing probe and was previously banned for two years.
The illegal gambling operator in the country are very powerful. Earlier in the year in September, eight officers of Sri Lanka’s divisional anti-vice unit attached to Chilaw Police Headquarters were interdicted over releasing gambling suspects arrested in an operation against illegal gambling.
The order to interdict the officers came after it was found that 11 of the 20 suspects rounded up in a raid on illegal gambling den were later released.