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Former New Zealand international Lou Vincent admits he is a cheat after receiving life ban for match-fixing, including game against Kent in 2011

By Alex Hoad

Former New Zealand international Lou Vincent has been banned from all cricket for life after admitting match-fixing charges relating to a game against Kent.

Just two weeks after former Sussex and Pakistan A paceman Naveed Arif was banned after admitting breaching the ECB’s Anti-Corruption Code in a game for Sussex against Kent in 2011, batsman Vincent was sanctioned for the same charge.

Both players admitted breaches of the code relating to corrupt activity in a CB40 fixture against the Spitfires at Hove in August 2011.

Vincent, 35, claimed he was paid £40,000 to help fix the 40-over match, which was screened live on SKY, among several revelations he made to an ICC investigation earlier this year.

The Kiwi, with 23 Test caps and 102 ODIs to his name in a six-year career to 2007, was run out for just one as the hosts collapsed from 76-0 to fall 14 runs short of their target of 216.

Arif’s six overs bowled in the match went for 41 runs while the 32-year-old scored just 11 runs from 29 balls in the middle.

The terms prevent Vincent - who also played for Lancashire, Northamptonshire and Worcestershire - from playing, coaching or participating in any form of cricket recognised or sanctioned by the ECB, ICC or other national cricket federations.

Vincent also admitted to match-fixing offences in a T20 game while playing for Lancashire in 2008 and another playing for Sussex against the Red Rose in 2011.

He admitted in a statement on Tuesday morning: “I am a cheat. I have abused my position as a professional sportsman on a number of occasions by choosing to accept money in fixing.

“I have lived with this dark secret for so many years, but months ago I reached the point where I decided I had to come forward and tell the truth.

“I have shamed my country, I have shamed my sport, I have shamed those close to me. And for that, I am not proud. I could not live with my wrongdoings any longer.”

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.

“We are extremely pleased 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.“

Vincent added: “I offer my deepest apologies to the public and the cricketing world, to the loyal fans, to the dedicated coaches, staff, players past and present.

“My actions I will regret for the rest of my life. The decisions I made were wrong. Players must be better than that; above reproach, for the fans, for the sport. It is entirely my fault. I accept my punishment.”

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