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Lou Vincent admits to cheating

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Ex-New Zealand batsman, Lou Vincent has been banned for life from all forms of cricket after admitting to match-fixing as reported by the Guardian.

Before receiving his punishment, Vincent released a statement saying: "My name is Lou Vincent and I am a cheat.

"I have shamed my country. I have shamed my sport. I have shamed those close to me. For that I am not proud."

Banned

The 35-year-old is banned from playing, coaching or participating in any form of organised cricket after pleading guilty to breaching 18 anti-corruption rules in matches played between 2008 and 2011.

Four breaches related to a Twenty20 match between Lancashire and Durham in June 2008.

The other 14 breaches all relate to 2 fixtures played at Hove in August 2011, a Sussex V Lancashire T20 and a Sussex v Kent CB40 match.

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ECB statement

Vincent's ban was handed down by the England and Wales Cricket board, and David Collier, the chief executive of the ECB, said: "This has been a complex case which has crossed different cricketing jurisdictions and required close collaboration and intelligence-sharing between both our own anti-corruption unit, other domestic boards and the ICC's ACSU (the Anti-Corruption and Security Unit of the International Cricket Council).

"We are extremely pleased that the matter has now been brought to a satisfactory conclusion and that an individual who repeatedly sought to involve others in corrupt activity for his own personal gain has accepted that his conduct warrants a lifetime ban from cricket."

Vincent was also banned by the Bangladesh Cricket Board for 3 years for failing to report an approach from match fixers.

Shame

The shamed sportsmen admitted: "I have abused my position as a professional sportsman on a number of occasions by choosing to accept money through fixing."

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

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