London - The England and Wales Cricket Board have charged Lou Vincent and his
former Sussex team-mate Naveed Arif with fixing the outcome of a county
match, the governing body announced Thursday.
Vincent, the former
New Zealand batsman, who has already confessed to fixing in several
countries, has been charged with a total of 14 offences in relation to
two county matches in August 2011 -- a Twenty20 match between Sussex and
Lancashire and a 40-over game between Sussex and Kent.
Arif, a Pakistani, has been charged with six offences in relation to the 40-over game between Sussex and Kent in August 2011.
ECB said both players had been "provisionally suspended from all
cricketing activities" organised, authorised or supported by the ECB,
the International Cricket Council, other national federations and their
Chris Watts, the head of the ECB's
anti-corruption unit, said in a board statement: "This has been an
extremely complex and lengthy investigation co-ordinated across many
jurisdictions around the world.
"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."
If Vincent and Arif are found guilty, it would be the first proven case of the result of a county match being fixed.
Sussex-Kent match was televised live, with a report earlier Thursday in
Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper saying the fixture had attracted
bets totalling more than 12 million ($20m) on one regulated gambling
website alone and millions more on illegal markets in India.
emerged last week, in leaked testimony to an ICC probe, that Vincent
told investigators he was approached by his fixer "NG" the day before
the match in a hotel in Brighton and that he received 40,000 to throw
the game.- ECB 're-open' case -
The Telegraph added
there were suspicions at the time the match was corrupt but it was
cleared by the ICC's much-criticised anti-corruption and security unit,
under fire for its failure to bring to book a major fixer, following an
But the paper added the case was reopened in August
2012 by the ECB's own unit, led by former Metropolitan Police detective
The 32 year-old Arif was born in Pakistan and qualified as
a non-overseas player for Sussex through his wife's Danish passport. He
was released by Sussex in 2012.
There is no suggestion any other player from either team was involved in the alleged fix.
Sussex were cruising to victory despite Arif's expensive bowling.
He took the new ball but only bowled six overs and conceded 41 runs with two wides, an economy rate of 6.83.
In reply, Sussex looked set for a win at 76 for no wicket, chasing a target of 217.
they lost four wickets for seven runs in four overs including that of
Vincent who, batting at three, was run out for one off six balls.
Arif batted at nine and scored 11 off 29 balls as Sussex were bowled out for 202 to lose by 14 runs.
was dropped for the next match against Middlesex and played only three
more one day matches for Sussex before being released.
controversial Lord's Test of 2011 led to three Pakistan players --
Salman Butt, Mohammed Asif and Mohammed Aamer -- being banned and jailed
for their roles in a spot-fixing scam.
Meanwhile former Essex
paceman Mervyn Westfield was also jailed for his role in spot-fixing,
where an incident during the match rather than the result of a game is
manipulated for a betting scam, during a county match that led to a life
ban for former Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria.
whether Vincent, who is now in Auckland, and Arif, reported to be living
in the north of England, will face criminal charges will depend upon
whether British prosecutors decide if such action is the best use of