Thursday 22 May 2014 

ECB Charges Arif & Vincent

Lou Vincent
Lou Vincent, pictured here during his time with Sussex, has been charged by the ECB
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The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has charged former Sussex players Lou Vincent and Naved Arif with multiple breaches of the ECB Anti-Corruption Code.

Vincent has been charged with 14 offences relating to two county matches played in August 2011, a Twenty20 game against Lancashire and a 40-over match against Kent.

Naved has been charged with six offences relating to the 40-over game against Kent.

The two players have been provisionally suspended from all cricketing activities organised, authorised or supported by the ECB, International Cricket Council (ICC), any other National Cricket Federation and any mamber of any other National Cricket Federation.

"This has been an extremely complex and lengthy investigation co-ordinated across many jurisdictions around the world," Chris Watts, Head of ECB's Anti-Corruption Unit, said. 

"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 added: "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."

A leaked statement provided to the ICC's Anti-Corruption & Security Unit (ACSU) by Brendon McCullum exposed Vincent's involvement in match-fixing, and the ECB have now imposed their own sanctions for the matches that fall under their jurisdiction.

Other players to have been punished similarly by the ECB for breaching their anti-corruption code are Danish Kaneria and Mervyn Westfield, the latter of whom served a custodial sentence for his part in a spot-fixing plot while playing for Essex.

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