27 Feb 2014

Former Black Cap found guilty of not reporting bookmaker approach

12:18 pm on 27 February 2014

The former New Zealand cricketer Lou Vincent has pleaded guilty to not reporting an approach from illegal bookmakers while he was playing in Bangladesh.

New Zealand Cricket has confirmed that the 35 year old Vincent, who played 23 tests and 109 one day internationals, was investigated as part of an anti-corruption probe into match-fixing in the Bangladesh Premier League in 2013, where he played for the Khulna Royals.

Vincent was one of three players to plead guilty and penalties against the trio will be announced in a couple of weeks.

Vincent retired from cricket last year saying a lack of passion led him to quitting.

A AFP news agency report says nine people were named in the scandal, including seven who have been charged with match-fixing offences and two with failing to comply with their obligation to report corruption.

Among them is Bangladesh international Mohammed Ashraful, who was allegedly paid $15 thousand dollars to lose a game in the BPL.

In a statement the International Cricket Council says it's surprised and disappointed by the tribunal's findings and is awaiting a detailed written determination of proceedings.