Vincent banned for three years in Bangladesh

Last updated 08:06 19/06/2014
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AT HOME: Embattled former New Zealand cricketer Lou Vincent walks with his partner Suzie.

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Lou Vincent has been handed a three-year ban from cricket and probable further punishment is getting closer after it was reported the English authorities were nearing the end of their proceedings against the New Zealander.

Vincent was last night banned for three years for failing to report approaches to fix matches in the Bangladesh Cricket League, but he is yet to receive any sanction for the alleged part he played in two matches under investigation in England.

Vincent was recently charged by the ECB with 14 counts in connection to a Sussex-Kent 40-over match in 2011 and in a Twenty20 game between Sussex and Lancashire in the same season. 

London's The Times newspaper reported English authorities ''believe they are nearing the end of proceedings'' involving Vincent.

Vincent's team-mate Naved Arif was handed a worldwide lifetime ban from cricket after admitting six offences relating to the Sussex-Kent match where he went for 41 runs from six wicketless overs, scored 11 from 29 balls and Sussex lost from a position of strength.

Vincent scored one run from seven balls in the match before he was run out.

Meanwhile, Vincent wasn't the only one found guilty last night. 

Former Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful was banned for eight years after he was found guilty of involvement in match-fixing in the domestic Twenty20 competition last year.

''He was found guilty of all charges including match-fixing,'' said Khademul Islam Chowdhury, head of a special tribunal set up by the Bangladesh Cricket Board to investigate match-fixing and spot-fixing during BPL matches.

Ashraful, who confessed to match-fixing after being quizzed by ICC anti-corruption officials in June 2013, has played 61 tests and 177 one-day international matches since his 2001 debut.

Sri Lanka's Kaushal Lokuarachchi was also banned for 18 months on the same charge as Vincent.

The managing director of BPL champions Dhaka Gladiators, Shihab Jishan Chowdury, was banned for 10 years for his part in the match-fixing scandal.

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