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Former Sussex bowler given life ban by ECB
Former Sussex bowler Naved Arif has been banned from cricket for life after admitting match-fixing charges.
Arif pleaded guilty to six breaches of the ECB’s Anti-Corruption Code surrounding Sussex’s CB40 defeat to Kent at Hove in August 2011.
The 32-year-old was charged along with Lou Vincent of colluding to underperform in the match to ensure Sussex lost.
Arif admitted his guilt in tape-recorded interviews with the ECB’s anti-corruption unit and via signed statements.
He has accepted an agreed sanction of a life ban from all forms of cricket. The terms of the ban will prevent him from playing, coaching or participating in any form of cricket which is recognised or sanctioned by ECB, the ICC or any other National Cricket Federation.
Arif – who spent two seasons at Sussex - had been playing for Little Stoke in the North Staffordshire and South Cheshire League prior to the temporary suspension which was imposed in April 2014.
ECB Chief executive David Collier said: “Today’s announcement sends out a very clear message that ECB has a zero-tolerance approach to corruption in cricket and that it will root out and punish those who pose a threat to the game’s integrity.
“We thank the anti-corruption team for their work in bringing this case and trust that it will serve as a stark reminder to all players of the dangers that corrupt activities pose to their careers and livelihoods.”
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