ECB charge Vincent with 14 counts of fixing

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The ECB have officially charged former New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent with 14 match-fixing incidents, and also charged former Sussex player Naveed Arif with six counts.

The ECB have officially charged former New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent with 14 match-fixing incidents, and also charged former Sussex player Naveed Arif with six counts.

Vincent came into the spotlight last week after speaking to the ICC about spot-fixing he'd participated in during tournaments in five countries, including England, in the hopes of having his charges reduced.

The ECB website said: "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 in the 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."

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."

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