2 Jul 2014

Cricket authorities back Vincent ban

12:09 pm on 2 July 2014

New Zealand Cricket supports the ban imposed on former Black Cap Lou Vincent.

The England and Wales Cricket Board has banned Vincent for life after he admitted breaches of the board's anti-corruption code.

It said the cricketer had pleaded guilty to 18 breaches of its anti-corruption regulations in three matches in England and has accepted the ban, which bars him from playing or coaching in any form of recognised cricket.

The board confirmed the ban on Tuesday just hours after the disgraced player announced it in a video statement, which began by telling viewers that he was a cheat who took money to fix the result of matches, and he was deeply ashamed of himself.

Watch video of Lou Vincent

New Zealand Cricket, the sport's governing body, said it strongly supported the current anti-corruption drive in cricket, and was appalled by Vincent's actions.

But it said it was not able to comment further, because there was a separate inquiry being undertaken by British police.

The International Cricket Council also issued a statement supporting the ban on Lou Vincent.

The ICC said it had a zero-tolerance approach towards corruption, and life bans like those on Vincent and Pakistani cricketer Naveed Arif send a clear message to people who indulge in corrupt practices and think they can get away with it.

The council said unscrupulous corruptors and a small group of greedy individuals should not be permitted to destroy cricket for the overwhelming majority who play the game as they should.

Former international cricketer and Black Caps coach Warren Lees said the lifetime ban was the only possible outcome.

Mr Lees said he did not believe corruption as as widespread as people are thinking and New Zealand Cricket would be able to move on quickly.