Sri Lanka to legislate anti-corruption cricket laws


COLOMBO: Sri Lanka government will soon be framing anti-corruption laws to eradicate the possibility of match fixing in cricket, Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage has told the Parliament.

Speaking at a late evening adjournment motion moved by the opposition legislator John Amaratunga, Aluthgamage, however, clarified that no Sri Lankan cricketer had ever been guilty of match fixing.

He said the new laws would also be expanded to cover more regulatory powers over the functions of the local cricket governing body, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC).

A committee has been tasked to frame the legislation. Amaratunga from the opposition UNP lamented that Sri Lanka had reached four major world finals in the recent times without being able to win the trophies. And he demanded to know the reasons for such debacles.

In reply, Aluthgamage said it was natural for people to entertain doubts about fair play when team does not win the finals and added he would recommend that SLC obtained the services of a sports psychologist to help players achieve the best.