Corruption in Cricket July 4, 2014

Vincent ban too harsh - NZPA chief

ESPNcricinfo staff

Heath Mills, the head of the New Zealand Cricket Players' Association, has questioned the life ban imposed on Lou Vincent by the ECB for match-fixing, saying that such an extreme level of punishment will deter other players from reporting further instances of wrongdoings.

Vincent had given information to the ICC's anti-corruption unit regarding approaches made during his time with Sussex and Lancashire. He pleaded guilty to 18 breaches of the ECB's anti-corruption code in reference to three English domestic matches and was charged with 11 offenses that were punishable by a life ban. Vincent had issued a statement calling himself a "cheat" and that he had accepted money to to underperform.

"What Lou Vincent has done is unacceptable and it required a heavy sanction," Mills said. "However, the bigger goal here has to be the fight against corruption in our sport. The anti-corruption officers have few tools in this fight and their most important tool is information from players.

"So by not giving people credit for coming forward and providing information, you are effectively putting up a significant barrier for anyone coming forward in the future."

However, the sentence imposed on Vincent had received support from NZC chief executive David White and ECB CEO David Collier said it had ""the approval of the ECB's independent Cricket Discipline Commission".

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  • stewey on July 5, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    Look,... the guy is nearly 40. He hasn't been in the NZ squad for years. Really,... how can this be harsh when he is past the twilight of his career?

    That life ban isn't even a slap on the wrist.

  • jared on July 5, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    think mills is way off the mark here, vincent is lucky he's not in jail, no doubt vincent is a nice guy with some mental demons that made him an easy target but he's a grown man with a conscience who knows right from wrong but still did the wrong thing. its easy as a black caps fan to have to have sympathy for lou knowing that he is a small fry in the grand scheme of the corruption world but i think you have to look at the big picture, match fixing is the biggest threat to the game and harsh penilties are the only way to try and stop it because if they dont cricket will lose all credibility and lose its fans, that can't be tolerated.

  • Cam on July 5, 2014, 6:53 GMT

    I think perhaps there should be an amnesty period of 6 months where any player previously or currently involved can come forward and perhaps received a 1-2 year fixed ban. Thereafter any involvement with fixing should be a life time ban whether is a first offence or not, it must carry the highest penalty. This would create a real opportunity for players to come forward now, clear the slate and expose some of the shady characters involved.

  • Cam on July 4, 2014, 22:07 GMT

    Heath Mills, once again, seems awfully confused. There's a significant difference between coming forward and reporting incidents, and being at the center of the incident.

  • Richard on July 4, 2014, 19:38 GMT

    The length of the ban is right. Now let's clean up the real problems which are the South Asian and South-East Asian gambling syndicates. I feel Lou Vincent is the tip of the iceberg unfortunately.

  • Dummy4 on July 4, 2014, 19:27 GMT

    Vincent provided info but thats after he cheated. He must be punished for cheating..... Simple!

  • John on July 4, 2014, 14:16 GMT

    The punishment handed out to Lou Vincent has to be seen as harsh to deter would be Match Fixers.Fairness dosn't come into the equation,Match Fixers should understand that the punishment for the crime is a Life Time Ban from all cricket activities.

  • Dummy4 on July 4, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    Life time ban!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! come on guys. So, what do the ECB expect he is going to do the rest of his life... maybe become a salesperson selling sports goods, or may be sell banners outside the stadium. It's more like you've taken everything he had, everything he lived for, just because he did something wrong and pleaded guilty. perhaps his worst crime was pleading guilty. Even God forgives you when you have this regret and ask him for forgiveness with pure heart. A ban of 4 or 5 years would have been more justifiable, because to err is human. Mohammad Amir, even at his immature age we may have done countless worse things than he has.

  • Dummy4 on July 4, 2014, 13:06 GMT

    @Sir_Francis Amir also came forward and cooperated. Vincent should have been and rightly has been banned if Amir's ban is justified.

  • Francis on July 4, 2014, 11:42 GMT

    How come you are all missing the point. This isn't about Vincent, it's about stopping match fixing in the future.

    Obviously Vincent deserves a penalty and after Amir got jail time and a 5 year ban for bowling a wayward delivery intentionally I guess a life ban is to be expected. But the NZPA is talking about something else entirely. If you ban these guys for life forget about anyone else coming forward. And he's right. Instead of stopping match fixing people will just try to be more careful. No player is ever going to come clean now because what is the point? You may as well keep quiet and hope you don't get caught.

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