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Vincent, who became a Twenty20 specialist playing in England, India, Zimbabwe, South Africa and New Zealand when his international career ended in 2007 after 23 Tests and 103 one-day internationals, said in December: “I wish to let everyone know that I am co-operating with an ongoing ICC anti-corruption investigation that has been made public. This investigation is bound by a number of rules and regulations that mean I am unable to make any further public comment.”
McCullum’s revelations come days Lou Vincent – a former New Zealand cricketer – had claimed fixing to be a widespread reality in global cricket – especially in England’s domestic cricket and the now defunct rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL).
Vincent struck a deal with ICC anti-corruption officials to bypass criminal prosecution for exchange of information on illegal betting and fixing in cricket. He claimed that he had played in at least 12 ‘fixed games’.
What Vincent and McCullum have revealed seems to be only the tip of the iceberg, and with India itself fighting off demons of last year’s revelations, along with the Supreme Court appointed Mudgal committee looking into the IPL-fixing issue, and ICC’s investigations around the globe, it won’t be a surprise before further heartbreaking revelations are made public to the sport’s fans.
Former New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent, who is said to have provided the International Cricket Council (ICC) anti-corruption unit plenty of information about widespread match-fixing in several countries, said he was caught under the “tangled web” of fixing as he was forced into it by a cricketer of international repute.
According to stuff.co.nz, Vincent claimed he was threatened by the international star, who waved a bat near his head after the New Zealand cricketer failed to keep his end of the bargain during a match in the now-defunct Indian Cricket League (ICL).
While he did admit that the money part tempted him, Vincent also revealed his apparent helplessness. “When you’re under whatever this power is that [this man] has over me, I felt I couldn’t say ‘no’ to him . . . I didn’t want to throw away the chance of getting all that money,” Vincent was quoted as saying in ICC documents.
When one of the fixes failed, Vincent was was threatened by that man, who accused him of working for for a different person. “He said I’d cost him millions and accused me of fixing for someone else.”
The Black-Caps cricketer also revealed that he was instructed to score 10-15 runs from 20 deliveries and then get out during an ICL game. He also said he was offered a woman and cash to throw away matches.
Last December, it was reported that Vincent, along with fellow New Zealanders Chris Cairns and Darryl Tuffey, were being investigated by the ACSU over allegations of match-fixing. He later confirmed he had been approached by bookmakers.
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