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Disgraced New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent has been banned for life by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) after he admitted to being involved in match-fixing and breaching the board’s anti-corruption regulations.
Vincent has been banned from “all forms of cricket” and is also prevented 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”.
The ECB revealed that Vincent had pleaded guilty to 18 breaches of its anti-corruption code in relation to three matches.
The three matches were a Twenty20 between Lancashire and Durham in June 2008, a Twenty20 between Sussex and Lancashire in August 2011 and a CB40 match between Sussex and Kent in August 2011 as well.
During these matches, Vincent committed 11 offences that were punishable by a life ban.
Vincent’s life ban has also been recognised by the Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20).
Vincent pleaded guilty to seven charges of match-fixing when he was representing the Auckland Aces during the 2012 CLT20 in South Africa.
The matches that were closely monitored included those against Hampshire on October 10 and the Kolkata Knight Riders on October 15.
Vincent was also charged for failing to report being approached by a bookie during the 2011 CLT20.
New Zealand Cricket (NZC) chief executive David White conceded that the board was “appalled” by Vincent’s confessions, “and supported the penalty handed down”.