Former New Zealand cricketer Lou Vincent called himself “a cheat” before the England Cricket Board banned him from playing cricket.
The 35-year-old batsman released a statement on July 1 before the England Cricket Board charged him for 14 match fixing offences. They also found him guilty for breaching 18 anti-corruption codes in three matches. In June, Anti Crime Security Unit found him guilty as he failed to report an approach from a bookie while he was playing in Bangladesh Premier League and banned him for three years.
In a five-minute video statement, Vincent started by calling himself a “cheat” and took full responsibility for all his mistakes.
“I have abused my position as a professional sportsman on a number of occasions by choosing to accept money through fixing,” he said
“I lost faith in myself and the game. I abused the game I love. I had to put things right.”
Vincent said that he did it for his children and for his future wife and thanked his family and friends for all their support.
“I now believe in myself as a person again and do not wake up every morning hating myself,” he said
Lou Vincent played his last international match for New Zealand back in 2007 against Australia. He played 23 tests, 102 one-day internationals and nine T20 in his international career. – Md Zahin
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