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Former New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent has announced that he expects to be hit with more corruption charges after the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) charged him with match-fixing.
The ECB charged Vincent with 14 different offences in relation to a Twenty20 match between Sussex and Lancashire and a CB40 match between Sussex and Kent, both of which took place in 2011.
Vincent also revealed that he did not make any plea bargains with the International Cricket Council (ICC) even after he told them that he knew of 12 county matches that had been fixed and of numerous players involved in match-fixing.
“He will work through these and the process for dealing with the charges as required by the ECB,” a statement issued by Vincent’s lawyer, Chris Morris, said. “He further confirms the charges arise from the matters he has disclosed to the authorities, and he remains accountable for his actions of the past.
“The fact of the charges, and more are likely, dispel any notions of a plea bargain having been done as unfortunately appears to be wrongly suggested by others.”
Sussex also released a statement about Vincent and Naveed Arif being charged with match-fixing.
“Sussex County Cricket Club is naturally extremely disappointed with the allegations surrounding the actions of Lou Vincent and Naveed Arif Gondal,” the statement said. “Sussex have worked very closely and co-operated with the ECB Anti-Corruption unit to help establish the facts of what occurred in the two limited-overs matches during 2011 and will continue to do so.
“We believe that the education available to players and staff and the controls that have been put in place by the ECB and the Professional Cricketers’ Association put our game in a good position as we move forward.”