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Former Sussex players suspended after being charged with match-fixing
Former Sussex players Lou Vincent and Naved Arif have been suspended from all cricket after being charged with a total of 20 match-fixing offences by the ECB.
Vincent is charged with a total of 14 offences in relation to two Sussex matches in August 2011 - a Twenty20 match against Lancashire and a 40-over game against Kent.
Arif is charged with six offences in relation to the 40-over game between Sussex and Kent in August 2011.
Both players have been provisionally suspended from all cricketing activities organised, authorised or supported by the ECB, ICC, any other National Cricket Federation and any member of any other National Cricket Federation.
Chris Watts, Head of ECB’s Anti-Corruption unit, said: “This has been an extremely complex and lengthy investigation co-ordinated across many jurisdictions around the world. “This matter is now the subject of formal legal proceedings and we will therefore make no further comment other than to re-iterate our determination to bring to account the very small minority who seek to corrupt cricket.”
ECB Chief Executive David Collier added: “The ECB’s ACCESS unit has worked tirelessly in conjunction with the ICC’s ACSU to bring about these charges, which once again demonstrates the ECB’s zero tolerance approach to corruption in our great game.”
Vincent was run out for just one in the CB40 defeat to Kent as Sussex collapsed from 76-0 after ten overs to 202 all out to lose by 14 runs. Arif’s six overs cost 41 runs in the same match and he took 29 balls to score 11 runs.
Vincent was dismissed for a golden duck in the Twenty20 quarter-final against Lancashire, a game Sussex lost by 20 runs.
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