Vincent confirms approach by illegal bookies

Last updated 12:17 27/02/2014
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Former Black Cap Lou Vincent has pleaded guilty to not reporting an approach from illegal bookmakers while he was playing cricket in Bangladesh.

Vincent was probed as part of an anti-corruption investigation into match-fixing in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). Eight other players have been investigated, the agency said.

The 35-year-old retired from cricket last year and admitted a lack of passion led him to finally pulling stumps on his long, and colourful playing days.

In a statement released late this morning, Vincent confirmed that he has admitted a breach of the ICC code in failing to report an approach - which he rejected - from a bookmaker whilst playing in the Bangladesh T20 league in January last year.

"I confirm I rejected this approach at the time,'' he said. ''There is no allegation or suggestion anything untoward occurred beyond the approach itself.

''I also express I have no involvement in any of the matches, or matters, involving the other parties, which were the subject of recent hearings and investigation in Bangladesh.

''Unfortunately, I am unable to comment any further on this matter, as it is subject to an ongoing judicial process.

''I am also continuing to co-operate with the ICC in respect of other inquiries, they are making, which also restricts my ability to comment any further."

Vincent has been part of an ongoing ICC investigation into allegations of match-fixing. Former Black Caps teammates Daryl Tuffey and Chris Cairns have been linked to the same inquiry.

AFP reported that Vincent, Sri Lankan Kaushal Lokuarachchi and former Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful all admitted guilt over their roles in the scandal involving the BPL.

"Vincent, Lokuarachchi and Ashraful have already pleaded guilty," Shakil Kasem, a member of Bangladesh Cricket Board's three-member Anti-Corruption Tribunal told AFP.

"We're going to review their guilty pleas, deliberate on that and come up with sanctions within two weeks." Vincent played for the Khulna Royals in the BPL last year.

In a joint statement by the ICC and Bangladesh Cricket Board, both organisations expressed their ''surprise'' and ''disappointment'' with the outcome of the findings.

"The ICC and the BCB have received the determination and are surprised and obviously disappointed with the outcome,'' the statement read.
"Both organisations await the Tribunal's detailed written determination setting out the reasons for the outcome, which will be provided shortly, and will consider it carefully before determining the next steps, including whether to appeal any aspect(s) of the judgment. 

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"In the meantime, no further comment will be made by either the ICC or the BCB."

Shihab Jishan Chowdhury, managing director of the reigning BPL champions, was found guilty of one charge of "being a party to an effort to fix the Chittagong match," the tribunal said.

In a joint statement, the ICC and the Bangladesh Cricket Board said they "are surprised and obviously disappointed with the outcome".

"Both organisations await the tribunal's detailed written determination setting out the reasons for the outcome, which will be provided shortly, and will consider it carefully before determining the next steps, including whether to appeal any aspect(s) of the judgement," they said.

AFP reported that six people - ex-Bangladesh cricketer Mohammad Rafique, Bangladesh paceman Mahbubul Alam and left-arm spinner Mosharraf Hossain, Kent allrounder Darren Stevens, Dhaka Gladiators co-owner Salim Chowdhury, and the club's Indian CEO Gaurav Rawat - were acquitted of all charges.

- Fairfax Media

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