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Sussex players "shocked and angered" by match-fixing allegations

The Argus: Mark Robinson and chairman Jim May this morning Mark Robinson and chairman Jim May this morning

Sussex players and coaching staff have revealed their shock and anger at allegations two of their former team-mates helped fix matches.

Skipper Ed Joyce and coach Mark Robinson said the charges against Lou Vincent and Naved Arif would be an “insult to them and the game” if proved.

Vincent and Arif are facing 20 offences of helping to fix limited overs matches during the 2011 season following an ECB investigation.

The news came as a complete shock to the players who met on Sunday and decided they wanted to publicly state their disgust at the possibility that one of their former team-mates had been involved in any corrupt activity.

The club held a press conference on the second day of their County Championship match against Middlesex at Merchant Taylors’ School in which chairman Jim May described the reaction of the players to the news May said: “Our club is founded on strong values and our playing success reflects our special ethos. We were therefore shocked to learn of allegations of match-fixing in 2011 and in view of the sensitivity and the complexity of the situation we have been unable to make public comment until now.

“I want our supporters to know that our playing and coaching staff are extremely shocked and angry about the allegations that any former colleagues may have acted in a corrupt way while wearing the Sussex shirt.

“They see it as an insult to them and the game. Our players take a great personal pride in performing to the highest level when they play for Sussex.”

May added that Sussex had done everything in their power to aid the ECB investigation into the CB40 match against Kent at Hove in August 2011 and the Twenty20 quarter-final against Lancashire in the same month.

The Sussex chairman also claimed the work the club has done in conjunction with the ECB since 2011 to help lessen the chances of match-fixing are working.

May added: “I can confirm that Sussex has worked very closely and cooperated with both the ICC and ECB anti-corruption units to help establish the facts of what occurred in the two limited-overs matches during 2011.

“We are totally supportive of any action taken by the ECB and other authorities to tackle corruption. The question of corruption in cricket has received a higher profile in recent years and I believe that there is now a far greater awareness of this issue.

“We believe that the education available to players and staff and the controls that have been put in place by the ECB and the Professional Cricketers’ Association puts our game in a good position as we move forward.

“We are all conscious of the constant need to be vigilant and of the processes in place to report any suspicion.”

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12:52pm Tue 27 May 14

MikeTheMan says...

Good to hear such a strong statement but also rather interesting given that, allegedly (and according to various newspaper reports), after the Kent game a third Sussex player (probably not too difficult to work out who it was likely to have been) was ranting around the changing room saying that the match had been fixed. It that is true (and I don't know if it is or not) then logically other Sussex players must have heard the rant.

It is rather depressing that two specific matches have been mentioned and both have involved us with our player(s) being the fixers. I guess the only good thing about it is that all the players mentioned are ex-Sussex players.

However, as mentioned by Steve a few days ago, the saddest thing about all this is that it puts you off spending time and money to watch cricket when you can't be certain how genuine it all is. There's always going to be that doubt about what you are seeing: I can think of at least one very odd episode in our recent history for which there was no sensible explanation given.
Good to hear such a strong statement but also rather interesting given that, allegedly (and according to various newspaper reports), after the Kent game a third Sussex player (probably not too difficult to work out who it was likely to have been) was ranting around the changing room saying that the match had been fixed. It that is true (and I don't know if it is or not) then logically other Sussex players must have heard the rant. It is rather depressing that two specific matches have been mentioned and both have involved us with our player(s) being the fixers. I guess the only good thing about it is that all the players mentioned are ex-Sussex players. However, as mentioned by Steve a few days ago, the saddest thing about all this is that it puts you off spending time and money to watch cricket when you can't be certain how genuine it all is. There's always going to be that doubt about what you are seeing: I can think of at least one very odd episode in our recent history for which there was no sensible explanation given. MikeTheMan
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5:03pm Tue 27 May 14

Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit says...

I think it's also a side-effect of the 'hired gun' philosophy. Players jet around the world from club to club and league to league and sometiomes only play a few games for each employer. It IS just a job to some and they don't have the same committment to the cause that the more permanent players do. The chance to do a bit of 'cash in hand' work, especially in the under-scruitinised county game, is obviously too much of a temptation to some.
I think it's also a side-effect of the 'hired gun' philosophy. Players jet around the world from club to club and league to league and sometiomes only play a few games for each employer. It IS just a job to some and they don't have the same committment to the cause that the more permanent players do. The chance to do a bit of 'cash in hand' work, especially in the under-scruitinised county game, is obviously too much of a temptation to some. Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit
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10:10pm Tue 27 May 14

jcd1972 says...

MikeTheMan - are you referring to the declaration vs Worcestershire?

The saddest part for me is that the 2 alleged fixers' careers were going nowhere, the club gave them an opportunity to play 1st class cricket and all they've provided in return is to blacken SCCC's name. At least people within cricket know the work ethic and never say die approach of our team. Strauss referred to it after the t20 match vs Middlesex the other day.
MikeTheMan - are you referring to the declaration vs Worcestershire? The saddest part for me is that the 2 alleged fixers' careers were going nowhere, the club gave them an opportunity to play 1st class cricket and all they've provided in return is to blacken SCCC's name. At least people within cricket know the work ethic and never say die approach of our team. Strauss referred to it after the t20 match vs Middlesex the other day. jcd1972
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