ECB Charges Cricketers Lou Vincent & Naveed Arif Over Match-Fixing Offences

May 22, 2014

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has issued charges against former New Zealand cricketer, physician Lou Vincent, abortion and former Sussex cricketer, Naveed Arif, over match-fixing offences.

Vincent is charged with a total of 14 offences in relation to two county matches played under the ECB’s jurisdiction in August 2011 – a Twenty20 match between Sussex and Lancashire and a 40 over game between Sussex and Kent.

Naveed Arif is charged with six offences in relation to the 40 over game between Sussex and Kent in August 2011.

Both players have been provisionally suspended from all cricketing activities organised, authorised or supported by the ECB, ICC, any other National Cricket Federation and any member of any other National Cricket Federation.

Chris Watts, Head of ECB’s Anti-Corruption unit, said: “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.”

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.”