NZC confirm investigation into match-fixing

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New Zealand Cricket have confirmed that they are looking into corruption allegations reportedly made by former player Lou Vincent, but insist they are not looking into any international matches, nor current international players.

New Zealand Cricket have confirmed that they are looking into corruption allegations reportedly made by former player Lou Vincent, but insist they are not looking into any international matches, nor current international players.

The Telegraph reported this week that Vincent had been giving information to the ICC about match fixing at the Champions League T20 in South Africa, as well as other leagues in England and Bangladesh. He admitted to being approached by bookies at the BPL.

NZC said they were specifically looking into allegations of corruption involving the Auckland Aces in the 2012 edition of the CLT20 in South Africa, and it's been reported that Vincent is giving information as part of a deal to avoid prosecution.

NZC chief David White said in a statement: "Firstly I want to make it clear that this is an ICC investigation and New Zealand Cricket is very limited in what it can say, but we can confirm the following.

No games played in New Zealand are being investigated by the ICC. No current Black Caps are being investigated. No matches involving New Zealand national teams are being investigated.

"We have been informed by the ICC that some Auckland Aces matches in the Champions League in South Africa in 2012 are being investigated. We would like to stress that we understand that this is very much an isolated incident.

"Match-fixing is a threat to cricket around the globe, and we remain 100% behind the ICC in their focus of fighting corruption."

Earlier this month is was reported that match-fixing would soon be considered a criminal offence in New Zealand, with resulting jail time if found guilty.

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