Former Sussex and New Zealand cricketer Lou Vincent has expressed his regret and sorrow five weeks after being charged for match-fixing by the England and Wales Cricket Board. The 35-year-old faces a lifetime ban after charges concerning 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.
Vincent was already under investigation by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for alleged match-fixing but his charge on May 22 was the first case of an ECB match being fixed. Yesterday, Vincent revealed his remorse and reflections on the case for the first time in a statement and said: “I am a cheat. I have abused my position as a professional sportsman on a number of occasions by choosing to accept money through fixing .
“I have lived with this dark secret for many years, but just months ago I reached the point where I decided I had to come forward and tell the truth. It’s a truth that has rightly caused uproar and controversy in New Zealand and around the world. I have shamed my country. I have shamed my sport. I have shamed those close to me.
‘’For that I am not proud. I lost faith in myself and the game. I abused the game I love. I had to put things right. Speaking out. Exposing the truth. Laying bare the things I have done wrong is the only way I can find to begin to put things right. The time has come for me to now face them like a man and accept the consequences, whatever they may be.”