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.
Sri Lanka will play three ODIs and as many T20s in Pakistan, starting September 27. Stand-in ODI captain Lahiru Thirimanne said the visitors have been given assurances of a very high degree of protection.
The Sri Lanka cricket team was the target of a terror attack during a Test match in Pakistan's Lahore in March 2009, with six players injured when gunmen attacked their bus. Since the attack, a majority of international teams have refused to tour the South Asian country