Match-fixing cloud in cricket intensifies as Lou Vincent reveals shocking details
Former New Zealand cricketer Lou Vincent has provided the International Cricket Council “with a treasure trove of information about matches that were targeted for spot-fixing and the names of players”. After pleading guilty to his involvement and knowledge about spot-fixing incidents in the time period between 2008-2012 in 5 or more countries, Vincent has struck a deal with the ICC anti-corruption police to bypass criminal prosecution.
Based on Vincent’s testimony, the ICC anti-corruption unit is expected to file charges against a former Pakistan international cricketer, according to London Telegraph. Several matches of the now defunct Indian Cricket League (ICL) are under investigation, and the Kiwi batsman has revealed that the ICL players were approached to accept money for giving away the matches.
Confessing his crime to the ICC tribunal which is in charge of interrogating fixing-related issues, he had earlier promised to divulge information regarding the existent corrupt practices in tournaments held in England, India, New Zealand, Hong Kong and South Africa during his playing days.
In December, he had said: “I wish to let everyone know that I am co-operating with an ongoing ICC Anti-Corruption investigation that has been made public. This investigation is bound by a number of rules and regulations that mean I am unable to make any further public comment.”
He has also notified the details on attempts to fix matches while representing his domestic team Auckland Aces in the Twenty20 Champions League tournament in South Africa in October 2012, which will only exacerbate the already existing spot-fixing cloud over the Indian Premier League.
It is also learnt that another crooked player had approached a current international captain, only for the latter to turn down the offer and let the ICC anti-corruption officials know about the contact.
Along with Vincent, former Kiwi cricketers Chris Cairns and Daryl Tuffey were also alleged to have been involved in match-fixing.