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Match-fixer Vincent banned for life
Lou Vincent has been banned from cricket for life after becoming the second former Sussex player to admit to match-fixing charges.
Vincent pleaded guilty to 18 breaches of the ECB’s anti-corruption regulations, 14 of those charges relating to two Sussex games in August 2011 during his one-season stay with the county.
The former New Zealand international helped to fix the Twenty20 quarter-final against New Zealand and together with Naved Arif conspired to influence the outcome of the CB40 clash with Kent at Hove. The remaining four charges were related to a Twenty20 match between Lancashire and Durham in June 2008.
Eleven of his 18 breaches of the regulations carried a life ban and the punishment will prevent Vincent 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.
ECB chief executive David Collier said: “This has been a complex case which has crossed different cricketing jurisdictions and required close collaboration and intelligence-sharing between both our own anti-corruption unit, other domestic boards and the ICC’s ACSU.
“We are extremely pleased that the matter has now been brought to a satisfactory conclusion and that an individual who repeatedly sought to involve others in corrupt activity for his own personal gain has accepted that his conduct warrants a lifetime ban from cricket. It once again highlights our resolve to keep cricket clean and rid the game of the tiny minority who seek to undermine the sport’s integrity.”