Mills questions Vincent ban

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New Zealand Cricket Players' Association chief executive Heath Mills has questioned the length of former batsman Lou Vincent's lifelong ban for match-fixing.

New Zealand Cricket Players' Association chief executive Heath Mills has questioned the validity of former batsman Lou Vincent's lifelong ban for match-fixing.

Vincent has been banned from playing, coaching or participating in any form of cricket recognised or sanctioned by the International Cricket Council, England and Wales Cricket Board or any other national cricket federation.

"What Lou has done is unacceptable and it required a heavy sanction. However, the bigger goal here has to be the fight against corruption in our sport. The anti-corruption officers have few tools in this fight and their most important tool is information from players," Mills told <i>3rd Degree</i>.

"So by not giving people credit for coming forward and providing information, you are effectively putting up a significant barrier for anyone coming forward in the future."

The 35-year-old Vincent pleaded guilty to 18 breaches of the ECB's anti-corruption code during three county fixtures between June 2008 and August 2011. The ban has also been extended to the Champions League Twenty20.

"There have been these instances that have come to light. Naturally any sport where it happens, there is a dent. We are taking steps on combating match-fixing and I think the ICC is very proactive on it," added new ICC chairman Narayanaswami Srinivasan.

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