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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, July 2, 2014
WELLINGTON---"My name is Lou
Vincent and I am a cheat."
With those words, ex-New Zealand
batsman Lou Vincent opened a video
statement divulging the "dark secret"
that he had been involved in fixing
matches in 12 separate competitions
across five countries, including in
English county cricket, the Indian
Cricket League and the 2012 Cham-
The England and Wales Cricket
Board announced yesterday it had
banned Vincent for life.
The 35-year-old New Zealander,
who played 23 Tests and more than
100 limited-overs internationals, said
his actions had "rightly caused uproar
and controversy in New Zealand and
around the world."
"I have shamed my country. I have
shamed my sport. I have shamed
those close to me," he said. "For that
I am not proud.
"I lost faith in myself and the game.
I abused the game I love. I had to
put things right. Speaking out.
Exposing the truth. Laying bare the
things I have done wrong is the only
way I can find to begin to put things
Vincent pleaded guilty to 18
match-fixing or spot-fixing charges
involving matches he played for Eng-
lish counties Lancashire in 2008 and
Durham in 2011. Eleven of the 18
offences carried life bans.
The ban prevents Vincent from
playing, coaching or participating in
any form of cricket sanctioned by
the ECB, the International Cricket
Council or any other national cricket
He had previously been banned
for three years by Bangladesh for not
reporting an approach to fix matches
while playing in that country s Twen-
"It is entirely my fault that I will
never be able to stand in front of a
game again. It is entirely my fault
that I will not be able to apply my
skills in a positive way to help future
"But it is entirely possible that I
can use this moment to convince
others not to be tempted by wrong-
doing. To do the right thing for them-
selves, for their families and friends,
and for the sport they love."
Vincent s confessions to the ICC
led many to believe he had agreed a
plea bargain, but he insisted he sought
no favours and accepted the life ban.
He said the moment arrived when
he "could not live with my wrong-
doing any longer."
"I can finally look my children in
the eyes and tell them that honesty
is the best policy, even if it feels like
the hardest thing to do at times. I
now believe in myself as a person
again and do not wake up every
morning hating myself."
ECB chief executive David Collier
said it was a complex case that
required collaboration between Eng-
lish cricket s anti-corruption unit,
domestic boards in other countries,
and the ICC s Anti-Corruption and
"We are extremely pleased that
the matter has now been brought to
a satisfactory conclusion and that an
individual who repeatedly sought to
involve others in corrupt activity for
his own personal gain has accepted
that his conduct warrants a lifetime
ban from cricket," Collier said.
Cases of match-fixing are nothing
new in cricket. In a previous case,
three Pakistan international players
were banned and served jail time in
England for spot fixing during a Test
match against England in 2010.
Salman Butt and teammates
Mohammad Amir and Mohammad
Asif were jailed and banned for a
minimum of five years in 2010 by
the International Cricket Council for
bowling deliberate no-balls during
the match. Butt was captain for the
An investigation into spot-fixing
in the Indian Premier League is ongo-
ing after three players were arrested
Test player Shantakumaran
Sreesanth and his Rajasthan team-
mates Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Cha-
van have been provisionally suspend-
ed by the Board of Control for Cricket
in India after their arrest for spot-
fixing, which involves performing in
a pre-determined way at set times
for the benefit of gamblers.
Vincent said he had suffered from
depression but that did not excuse
his actions. He said players must be
a bulwark against corruption.
"I used to think mistakes were the
actions of bad people. I now know
even good people can make the worst
of mistakes," he said. "My actions,
I will regret for the rest of my life."
Cricketer Vincent banned
for life for match-fixing
Then Auckland player Lou Vincent plays a shot during the Champions League Twenty20 cricket qualifying match
between Somerset and Auckland in Hyderabad, India. Former New Zealand batsman Vincent was banned for life
from cricket after publicly admitting to years of involvement in match-fixing. AP PHOTO
coach Waqar Younis said yes-
terday he has returned for his
second coaching stint with a
positive frame of mind and
wants to bring more aggressive-
ness to the squad ahead of next
year s World Cup.
Younis led the team to the
semifinals of the 2010 World
Twenty20 and 2011 World Cup
before resigning in August 2011
for personal reasons, though dif-
ferences with the players also
reportedly played a role in his
"My mindset will be to play
positive cricket and play to win.
There s no defensive approach
involved in it and hopefully boys
will understand what I am trying
to say," Younis said in the eastern
city of Lahore.
He acknowledged there were a
few problems during his last
tenure as coach, but he has
learned from his mistakes.
"There are problems even in a
family, but a good coach is the
one who negates all those prob-
lems and keeps all the players
"Last time it was my first expe-
rience as a head coach...I will try
that if some mistakes were com-
mitted it won t be repeated."
Pakistan will compete against
Sri Lanka, Australia and New
Zealand ahead of 2015 World Cup,
which Younis said should give it
enough preparation for the event.
The squad is currently led by
40-year-old captain Misbah-ul-
Haq in both Test matches and
one-day internationals. The Pak-
istan Cricket Board has yet to
name a Twenty20 skipper fol-
lowing Mohammad Hafeez s
decision to step down earlier this
Younis didn t wade into the
captaincy debate, saying only that
naming a long-term captain was
preferable to having one on a
"I know a sword keeps hanging
on the captain, but it should be
like that, the captain has to be
on his toes," he said.
"You have to think about a
young (captain) for Test, one-day
and Twenty20 because if you
look, there are two to three play-
ers who are on the wrong side of
30s and 40s."
Younis said while Pakistan
needs to add youngsters to its
squad, it must also look to expe-
rienced players like 7-foot-1
(2.16-m) fast bowler Mohammad
Irfan for the upcoming World Cup
in Australia and New Zealand.
Irfan has not played international
cricket since injuring his hip last
"You have to blend seniors with
youngsters and then there are
some players who should be kept
in cotton wool so that they don t
get injured and don t have fitness
problems," he said. (AP)
Younis returns as Pakistan's cricket coach
The sixth edition of the Champi-
ons League Twenty 20 will be played
in India. The decision has put an end
to the United Arab Emirates hopes
of hosting the event after success-
fully staging the opening leg of the
Indian Premier League s 2014 sea-
According to BCCI secretary Sanjay
Patel, the decision was taken by the
CLT20 governing council, which met
in Melbourne last week on the side-
lines of the ICC annual conference.
"The venues and the dates will soon
be finalised but it will be played in
India," Patel said in Mumbai.
It is understood that the tourna-
ment is likely to start on September
7. The venues will be finalised after
considering the weather forecast.
Last year, some CLT20 fixtures had
to be rescheduled due to torrential
rain at some venues.
Considering that the monsoon is
usually active in much of India during
September and the tremendous
response the IPL received in the UAE,
the BCCI, along with its CLT20 stake-
holders Cricket Australia and Cricket
South Africa, was seriously consid-
ering the UAE as a potential venue.
Sunil Gavaskar, BCCI s interim
president for IPL affairs, had sup-
ported staging the tournament in the
"It is certainly a possibility because
there are two aspects at the back of
the BCCI s mind.
"The first is the weather in India
at that stage, because it will be mon-
soon-ish still and the monsoon will
be tapering off and you don t want
to have matches washed out,"
Gavaskar had said last month.
"And the fact that you know at that
particular time there will be a lot of
people wanting to come to Dubai."
Champions League T20
2014 to be held in India
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