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The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have banned Sussex left-arm pace bowler and former Pakistan A player Naved Arif for life after he admitted to being involved in match-fixing.
This is the first time the ECB have confirmed that a county match has been fixed.
“Mr Arif pleaded guilty to six breaches of the Code, all of which related to corrupt activity in connection with the CB40 fixture between Sussex and Kent at Hove in August 2011,” the ECB said. “His admissions were made in tape-recorded interviews with the ECB’s anti-corruption unit and via signed statements. 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.”
A statement from Arif’s solicitors said: “Mr Arif regrets his conduct which has let himself, his team-mates, Sussex County Cricket Club and the cricket fraternity down. He is deeply ashamed of his actions and, consequently, bringing the game of cricket into disrepute. These actions were unacceptable and Mr Arif has no excuses.
“Being banned from cricket, the game he loves, is the most severe punishment he could receive. Mr Arif is currently considering his future, having learnt some painful lessons from his past.”
ECB chief executive David Collier was pleased with the decision to ban Arif for life, and he hopes this will help deter other players from getting involved in the illegal trade.
“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,” Collier said. “We thank the anti-corruption team for their work in bringing this case and trust that it will serve as a stark reminder to all players of the dangers that corrupt activities pose to their careers and livelihoods.”