15 May 2014

Match-fixing in NZ cricket - report

12:44 pm on 15 May 2014

The former Black Cap Lou Vincent has reportedly told the International Cricket Council that match-fixing occurred in New Zealand when playing for Auckland.

Britain's Telegraph newspaper says Vincent's provided the ICC anti-corruption unit of details of match fixing in four countries, including when he played for Auckland in the domestic competition.

He also reportedly admitted trying to persuade one Lancashire team-mate to participate in a fix while playing county cricket in England, but the player reported the approach to the authorities.

Another county player is believed to have agreed to fix before backing out.

A statement from New Zealand Cricket says no games played in New Zealand are being investigated by the ICC, no current New Zealand players are under investigation and no match involving the Black Caps is being investigated.

The Telegraph says Vincent told investigators of match-fixing when playing for Auckland in New Zealand and in the Twenty/20 Champions League in South Africa in 2012.

Other reported allegations involve the now defunct Indian Cricket League, where Vincent claims players were offered bribes of money and prostitutes.

The report says Vincent has agreed to a plea bargain in the hope of avoiding criminal prosecution for his involvement in and knowledge of match-fixing in five or more countries between 2008 and 2012.