Cricket Australia appears to be preparing match fixing charges against former Black Cap Lou Vincent for alleged offences committed while playing for the Auckland Aces in the 2012 Champions League tournament in South Africa.
This comes after the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) yesterday charged Vincent with 14 offences related to two matches played in the domestic English game in 2011.
Sydney's Daily Telegraph newspaper has reported today that Cricket Australia (CA) legal chief Dean Kino was preparing charges to be laid against Vincent.
Kino was also the head legal adviser of the Champions League Twenty20 tournament. The newspaper report suggested charges against Vincent were imminent.
The CA charges would fall under the anti-corruption code of the Champions League Twenty20 tournament, jointly administered by the governing bodies of India, Australia and South Africa.
Vincent played for the Auckland Aces at both the 2011 Champions League in India and in 2012 in South Africa.
Auckland lost both of their qualifying matches in 2011, but reached the main draw the following year, with Vincent taking part in every match. The 2011 matches were also being looked at by investigators.
Vincent's alleged match fixing at the Champions League was first aired publicly last week when English newspaper the Daily Mail reported testimony of fixing Vincent had allegedly given to the International Cricket Council (ICC).
This testimony formed the basis from which the events of the last week have unravelled, including the ICC leak of evidence given by Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum and protests of innocence made by former New Zealand players Chris Cairns and Darryl Tuffey.
In one of the strange quirks of the anti-corruption system in Australia, India and with the ICC, charges against Vincent would not be formally announced, as the tournament's anti-corruption code forbade the publication of charges or the naming of "participants" until the case has been heard by a disciplinary committee and a finding reached. England's anti-corruption code stated that a name could be released when a charge was laid.
Vincent's only public comment in response to the charges laid against him yesterday was to say the charges proved he had not made a plea bargain. He would work through match fixing charges as required by the English authorities.
"The fact of the charges, and more are likely, dispel any notions of a plea bargain having been done as unfortunately appears to be wrongly suggested by others," Vincent said in a statement.
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