Govt. to introduce laws against match fixing

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The government will introduce anti-corruption laws to prevent match fixing in cricket, Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage said. A committee had been appointed for the purpose.

Mr. Aluthgamage made these remarks during a debate in the House on the challenges confronting international cricket.  Referring to suspicions in various quarters that the T-20 final between Sri Lanka and the West Indies had been fixed, he said that investigations had indicated that such suspicions were groundless.

However, he said, it was reasonable for anyone to have such doubts as the Sri Lanka team had lost four world cup finals since 2007.

“We investigated this. There is no truth in it. It is reasonable that the people entertained such doubts. Sri Lanka played well up to the final and then lost it.  There is betting involving in cricket. Some people bet that the third ball of the 44th over will be a no ball. Others bet that the umpire will remove his cap or sunglasses during a particular over. Much to other peoples’ amazement, they win their bets,” he said.   

He said the International Cricket Council (ICC) had identified match fixing as a menace that plagued the cricketing world, and England, India, Australia and South Africa had enacted anti-corruption laws to deal with the problem.

“Since 2000, 2o players have been banned for life from playing in ICC organised cricket matches after being found guilty of match fixing. The ICC has set up an anti-corruption and security unit. We made use of their services during the Sri Lanka Premier League tournament,” he said.

The minister said the services of world renowned psychologists would be obtained in future for the stress management of Sri Lankan cricketers.

“Ours is a team with plenty of talent. There was no reason for us to be beaten at the finals. We need to improve the psychological condition of players. They need stress management,” he said. (KB and YP)
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  • samba Wednesday, 24 October 2012 06:30 AM

    It is a great idea, match fixing must be up to Politicians, not players or others. Such low quality but money making jobs can be done by politicians only.

    Public Abilik Wednesday, 24 October 2012 06:45 AM

    I'm betting this commission was also fixed , and the foregone conclusion that there was no match fixing for T20, was also fixed. :D

    Trehan Munsinghe Wednesday, 24 October 2012 06:44 AM

    Dear Minister before you do anything, please bring in regulation for World Cup Tickets ,.... I.e when a ticket is priced at Rs 250 /- and is sold for 5000 what type of regulatory business are you talking about...
    If you can't even sell a match ticket to cricket loving fans properly, then may the noble triple Gem enlighten you to quit your post...

    richardson Thursday, 25 October 2012 10:46 AM

    Vote rigging is done in Iran also.
    They are our friends. So no problem.

    carry on in the next election too.

    richardson Thursday, 25 October 2012 10:49 AM

    Anay match ekay Piss karama mokada wenne??Habay Renna epa.

    richardson Wednesday, 24 October 2012 08:15 AM

    We lost the match, But Mahela and Malinga shared the Man the match award


    KEEP IT UP BOYS

    sltk2004 Wednesday, 24 October 2012 04:15 AM

    So until the laws are introduced, we are allowed to fix matches ?

    Mervin Silva Wednesday, 24 October 2012 10:25 AM

    Corruption continues.Thats y we won in the match.

    Nodrog Wednesday, 24 October 2012 04:26 AM

    What about a law for vote-rigging?

    Mohamed Jihaddeen Wednesday, 24 October 2012 04:19 AM

    your target is reach our team to final and bidding with opponent team.. Correct?

    Lobo Wednesday, 24 October 2012 04:33 AM

    Also, ban politicians from attending matches....they bring bad luck.

    siribiris Wednesday, 24 October 2012 04:35 AM

    what about the malpractices in selling tickets?

    Big Ears Wednesday, 24 October 2012 04:29 AM

    What a joke. Start with you and your colleagues.

    Rif Wednesday, 24 October 2012 04:37 AM

    anti-corruption laws for MP'S ?

    mamath Wednesday, 24 October 2012 04:41 AM

    In my view, the society should use & test certain practices (ways of doing things) for a certain period. When they are proven satisfactory they should be legally documented to become LAW of that country. Not like this

    Ranjith Wednesday, 24 October 2012 04:48 AM

    Why don't you let judiciary implement the existing laws without interference. Please do not bring two sets of laws - one for patriotic sportsman and one for others

    marissa Wednesday, 24 October 2012 04:55 AM

    +
    What about bribe taking? is that legal ?

    malkanthi Wednesday, 24 October 2012 04:57 AM

    Learn it yourself first!

    Hong Kong John Wednesday, 24 October 2012 05:02 AM

    Is the senses of morality in Sri Lanka so degenerated that you have to laws against match fixing?


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