Two former Sussex cricketers - Lou Vincent and Naveed Arif - charged over match-fixing by ECB
Two former Sussex cricket players have been charged over match-fixing by the ECB under the Anti-Corruption Code.
Last Updated: 23/05/14 8:28am
The players involved are former New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent and pace bowler Naveed Arif, who played for Pakistan A.
Vincent is charged with a total of 14 offences in relation to two county matches played under the ECB's jurisdiction in August 2011 - a Twenty20 match between Sussex and Lancashire and a 40-over game between Sussex and Kent.
Naveed Arif is charged with six offences in relation to the 40-over game between Sussex and Kent in August 2011.
The players, neither of whom play in England any more, face the prospect of worldwide lifetime bans if the charges are proven.
A statement on the ECB website read: "Both players have been provisionally suspended from all cricketing activities organised, authorised or supported by the ECB, ICC, any other National Cricket Federation and any member of any other National Cricket Federation."
Chris Watts, Head of ECB's Anti-Corruption unit, said: "This has been an extremely complex and lengthy investigation co-ordinated across many jurisdictions around the world.
"This matter is now the subject of formal legal proceedings and we will therefore make no further comment other than to re-iterate our determination to bring to account the very small minority who seek to corrupt cricket."
ECB chief executive David Collier added: "The ECB's ACCESS unit has worked tirelessly in conjunction with the ICC's ACSU to bring about these charges, which once again demonstrates the ECB's zero tolerance approach to corruption in our great game."
Vincent is already under investigation by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for alleged match-fixing but this is an ECB charge and the first case of an ECB match being fixed.
According to reports in the Daily Telegraph, the match attracted bets totalling more than £12 million on one legal gambling website alone, the highest total for any match of its kind in the past three years, which drew suspicions at the time but was cleared by the ICC's anti-corruption unit.
There is no suggestion that any other player from either Sussex or Kent was involved.
The 32-year-old Arif, a Pakistani left-arm seamer, joined Sussex in 2011 after playing league cricket for Rawtenstall and also played for them in 2012, and has continued to play league cricket in Staffordshire.
In the Kent game under investigation, Arif conceded 41 runs while not picking up any wickets in six overs, including two wides, while Vincent was run out for one off seven balls.
It was also the ECB who first charged Danish Kaneria, the former Pakistan leg-spinner, for his involvement in spot-fixing in April 2012 which led to a life ban, after his former Essex team-mate Mervyn Westfield had served a jail sentence.
Meanwhile, former New Zealand batsman Chris Cairns has protested his innocence after reports named him as having offered money to Vincent to become involved in spot-fixing - after a witness statement from Vincent's ex wife, Elly Riley, appeared in the New Zealand media.