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Disgraced New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent has revealed that he was threatened with a cricket bat after one of the match-fixing deals he was involved in went south.
Vincent, who was banned for life by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), stated that the incident occurred during the Indian Cricket League (ICL) in 2008.
Vincent admitted that he was paid to underperform with the bat, but things didn’t go according to plan when he accidently hit a ball for six and followed that up by edging a delivery for four.
The 35-year-old ended up making too many runs and those who had bet money lost out big time.
After the match, Vincent noted that his mentor, who recruited him into the shady world of match-fixing, “was spitting and fuming”.
“He was spitting and fuming saying ‘you cost me millions’,” Vincent told the New Zealand Herald. “I could see I’d stuffed up massively. He accused me of double bluff but I wasn’t working against him deliberately.”
Vincent told TV3 that he thought his mentor, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was going to physically attack him with the bat.
“He sat me down and walked away and grabbed his cricket bat and I’m surprised he didn’t follow through and hit me,” Vincent said. “He stopped the bat above his head, walking towards me with this killer look in his eyes, I thought ‘this is pretty serious’.”