Lou Vincent cops three-year ban from cricket, possibly more to come

Lou Vincent has been handed a three-year ban from cricket and probable further punishment looms after it was reported the English authorities were nearing the end of their proceedings against the New Zealander.

Vincent, was banned for three years for failing to report approaches to fix matches in the Bangladesh Cricket League, but he is yet to receive any sanction for the alleged part he played in two matches under investigation in England.

Vincent was recently charged by the ECB with 14 counts in connection to a Sussex-Kent 40-over match in 2011 and in a Twenty20 game between Sussex and Lancashire in the same season.

London’s The Times newspaper reported English authorities ”believe they are nearing the end of proceedings” involving Vincent.

Vincent’s teammate Naved Arif was handed a worldwide lifetime ban from cricket after admitting six offences relating to the Sussex-Kent match where he went for 41 runs from six wicket-less overs, scored 11 from 29 balls and Sussex lost from a position of strength.

Vincent scored one run from seven balls in the match before he was run out.

The 35-year-old Vincent, who played 23 Tests and more than 100 one-day internationals for New Zealand, has given evidence to the International Cricket Council about his involvement in match-fixing and is co-operating with the sport’s ruling body.

“In accordance with the provisions of the ECB anti-corruption code, Mr Arif has accepted an agreed sanction of a life ban from all forms of cricket,” the England and Wales Cricket Board said.

“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, 32, has been playing for Little Stoke in the North Staffordshire and South Cheshire League before a temporary suspension imposed in April, and previously represented Pakistan A as a left-arm pace bowler.

He was released by Sussex in 2012.

“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,” ECB chief executive David Collier said.

Meanwhile, Former Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful was banned for eight years after he was found guilty of involvement in match-fixing in the domestic Twenty20 competition last year.

”He was found guilty of all charges including match-fixing,” said Khademul Islam Chowdhury, head of a special tribunal set up by the Bangladesh Cricket Board to investigate match-fixing and spot-fixing during BPL matches.

Ashraful, who confessed to match-fixing after being quizzed by ICC anti-corruption officials in June last year, has played 61 Tests and 177 one-day internationals since his 2001 debut.

Sri Lanka’s Kaushal Lokuarachchi was also banned for 18 months on the same charge as Vincent.

The managing director of BPL champions Dhaka Gladiators, Shihab Jishan Chowdury, was banned for 10 years for his part in the match-fixing scandal.

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