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Twelve players identified on back of Vincent evidence

ESPN staff
May 16, 2014
Lou Vincent was reportedly offered money and women to fix matches © Getty Images

Twelve players around the world, including one English county player, have been identified by the ICC's anti-corruption unit (ACU) on suspicion of match-fixing, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The newspaper claims the players are at the centre of a probe launched following the evidence provided by former New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent. They are being investigated for either fixing or failing to report an approach, an offence which carries a maximum five-year suspension.

On Thursday, a report in the Daily Telegraph said Vincent, who played for Lancashire and Sussex, gave so much evidence that the situation could become one of the most serious fixing scandals the game has had to face over the past decade.

He has given the authorities an understanding as to how corrupt players are paid and how they keep contact with overseas criminal bosses and has reportedly identified 12 matches around the world, including three in England between 2008 and 2011, which included fixing.

Vincent reportedly said corrupt bookies offered him cash and a woman to fix matches and that he could indicate to the bookies that a fix was "on" by the colour of his bat handle. Pulling away as the bowler was running in and changing bats after a particular over were also signals.

The ACU is liaising with the ECB over the matches Vincent played in the UK that are under suspicion.

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