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The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have charged former New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent and ex-Pakistan A pace bowler Naveed Arif for match-fixing.
Vincent has been charged with 14 different offences in relation to a Twenty20 match between Sussex and Lancashire and a 40-over game between Sussex and Kent, both of which took place in August 2011.
Arif was charged with six offences in relation to a 40-over game between Sussex and Kent in August 2011 as well.
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Both players could be handed life bans if they are found guilty.
“Both players have been provisionally suspended from all cricketing activities organised, authorised or supported by the ECB, ICC, any other National Cricket Federation and any member of any other National Cricket Federation,” an ECB statement said.
Chris Watts, who is the head of the ECB’s Anti-Corruption unit added: “This has been an extremely complex and lengthy investigation co-ordinated across many jurisdictions around the world.
“This matter is now the subject of formal legal proceedings and we will therefore make no further comment other than to re-iterate our determination to bring to account the very small minority who seek to corrupt cricket.”
ECB chief executive David Collier stated that he was pleased with the work the board’s Anti-Corruption unit had done.
“The ECB’s ACCESS unit has worked tirelessly in conjunction with the ICC’s ACSU to bring about these charges, which once again demonstrates the ECB’s zero tolerance approach to corruption in our great game,” he said.