May 31, 2018

Bookies will escape, due to absence of laws against match-fixing Featured

Yet again, Sri Lanka’s cricketers are accused of wrongdoing, this time it is a case of pitch-fixing of a match that is to be played at the Galle stadium.

The ICC says an investigation will be carried out into the latest revelation, by Al Jazeera television, while Sri Lanka Cricket has promised fullest cooperation.

However, lawyers say the country is without laws to punish anyone found to have fixed pitches, only institutional level action possible, while the ‘bookies’ will go unpunished.

Bookies operate knowing that they can escape, unlike in Australia, lawyer Panduka Keerthinanda has told BBC Sinhala Service.

Keerthinanda was the secretary of a committee appointed previously to formulate laws against match-fixing.

He said their report handed over to the sports ministry had been covered up with the regime change in 2015.

Incumbent subject minister Faizer Mustafa was not available for a comment.

Draft goes missing from ministry 

Lawyer Keerthinanda said the relevant draft bill has now gone missing from the ministry too.

He said that he has a copy, which could be made available if a request was made officially.

According to him, the proposed laws will cover not cricket only, but other sports as well.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Cricket lodged a complaint with the CID with regard to the Al Jazeera revelation, said its president Thilanga Sumathipala three days ago.

However, police spokemsna Ruwan Gunasekara disputed the claim.

Cricket Bad 3“Match-fixing will be included under bribery act”

Meanwhile, bribery commission’s director general Sarath Jayamanne says match-fixing will be included as a subject under the bribery act, which will be made possible following the cabinet’s approval to cover bribery in the private sector as well.

Previously, paceman Lasitha Malinga has alleged the team was given pitches different to what they had asked for.

Cricket Bad 4Galle Stadium pitch being altered

Yesterday, the controversial pitch and the wicket of the Galle international stadium were being altered, with the media barred from entry without special permission by the SLC.