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Lou Vincent gets life ban

Calcutta/London: Former New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent has been banned for life by the ECB and CLT20 after admitting he is a “cheat” who “shamed the sport” by match-fixing.

The 35-year-old will never be able to play, coach or participate in any form of cricket after admitting to fixing and deliberately under­performing.

“I am a cheat,” New Zealand batsman Vincent said on Tuesday while admitting that he had indulged in fixing several matches, including one involving Kolkata Knight Riders, after which he was banned from cricket for life. The ICC has also supported the ban.

Vincent, who played 23 Test matches and 102 ODIs for New Zealand, said he had accepted money for fixing matches in England as also in the Champions League T20 (CLT20) for several years.

KKR’s CLT20 match in which Vincent was involved in spot-fixing took place on October 15, 2012 at Cape Town in which he was playing for the Auckland Aces.

“My name is Lou Vincent and I am a cheat. I have abused my position as a professional sportsman on a number of occasions by choosing to accept money in fixing,” Vincent said in a statement.

“I have lived with this dark secret for so many years, but months ago I reached the point where I decided I had to come forward and tell the truth,” he added.