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Former New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent has given information on “widespread fixing” in at least five different countries, according to The Telegraph.
The London-based newspaper also reported that none of the current members of the New Zealand team are being investigated by the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Anti-corruption and Security Unit (ACSU).
When asked if Vincent’s comments about “widespread fixing” were true, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) CEO David White said: “Firstly I want to make it clear that this is an ICC investigation and New Zealand Cricket is very limited in what it can say, but we can confirm the following. No games played in New Zealand are being investigated by the ICC. No current Black Caps are being investigated. No matches involving New Zealand national teams are being investigated.”
In February, Vincent admitted that he had been approached by an illegal bookie during the 2013 Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).
However, White revealed that a few of the games the Auckland Aces played during the 2012 Champions League Twenty20 are currently under investigation.
“We have been informed by the ICC that some Auckland Aces matches in the Champions League in South Africa in 2012 are being investigated,” White said. “We would like to stress that we understand that this is very much an isolated incident. Match-fixing is a threat to cricket around the globe, and we remain 100% behind the ICC in their focus of fighting corruption.”
According to The Telegraph, while Vincent was playing county cricket in England, he tried to convince one his team-mates at Lancashire to participate in match-fixing, but the player reported it to the authorities.
The paper also reported that the ACSU are close to charging a former Pakistan player based on the information Vincent has given them.
The ACSU’s investigation is likely to take another 12 to 18 months and it was also reported that Vincent has agreed to a plea bargain in order to avoid being prosecuted.