SA tourney linked to fixing

2014-05-15 12:30
Lou Vincent (Getty)

Cape Town – The ICC Champions League Twenty20 tournament held in South Africa in the 2012/13 season is among events listed by disgraced New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent where match-fixing allegedly took place.

According to The Telegraph website, Vincent, 35, has agreed a plea bargain in the hope of avoiding criminal prosecution for his involvement in and awareness of spot-fixing in several countries over the period between 2008 and 2012.

He indicated late last year that he would co-operate with detectives and confessed to an International Cricket Council tribunal probing fixing in Bangladesh earlier this year that he had been approached by an illegal bookmaker.

Vincent has reportedly given the ICC anti-corruption unit a “treasure trove” of information about matches targeted for spot-fixing and the names of players involved.

Investigations cross various international boundaries and are expected to take well over a year yet to complete.

It is known that the now defunct Indian Cricket League, which several seasoned South African cricketers once signed up for, is heavily implicated.

Vincent, who played 23 Tests, 102 one-day internationals and nine T20 internationals for the Black Caps between 2001 and 2007, later became a roving T20 specialist, like many other often long-in-the-tooth cricketers seeking a career-end cash boost worldwide.

He played one of his Tests, 16 ODIs and two T20 internationals against the Proteas.

County matches in England, games at the Hong Kong Sixes and also the SA-hosted T20 Champions League tournament in October 2012 have been listed by Vincent as involving corruption.

He played for Auckland Aces at the event; the NZ franchise tackled matches against Sialkot Stallions (Wanderers), Hampshire (Centurion), Kolkata Knight Riders (Newlands), the Titans (Kingsmead), Delhi Daredevils (Kingsmead) and Perth Scorchers (Centurion).

They did not qualify for the later semi-finals, and Sydney Sixers won the event by beating SA’s Lions in the Johannesburg final.

A Cricket South Africa spokesperson said they were not in a position to comment on the matter and suggested referring queries to the CLT20 governing council.

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