24 May 2014

Vincent charged by England and Wales Cricket Board

6:38 am on 24 May 2014

The former New Zealand cricketer Lou Vincent and Pakistani Naveed Arif have been charged by the England and Wales Cricket Board under its anti-corruption code.

Vincent has been charged with 14 offences relating to two matches he played for English county Sussex in August 2011 - a Twenty20 game against Lancashire and a 40-over clash with Kent.

Arif has been charged with six offences relating to the Kent match.

Both players have been provisionally suspended from all cricket activities organised by the sport's governing bodies and they could be banned for life if they are found guilty of match-fixing.

If the players are found guilty, it would be the first proven case of the result of an English county game being fixed.

The 35-year-old Vincent, who played 23 Tests and more than 100 one-day internationals for New Zealand, has given evidence to the International Cricket Council about his involvement in match-fixing and is co-opearing with the sport's ruling body.

The evidence relates to 12 matches in five countries between 2008 and 2012.

The 32-year-old Arif was released by Sussex in 2012 and has recently played in Twenty20 games in Pakistan.