London, May 15 ANI | 5 months ago

English domestic Twenty20 matches and Pro40 competitions are reportedly being investigated by anti-corruption forces following evidence of widespread fixing obtained from former New Zealand Test batsman Lou Vincent.

Vincent, who has claimed that a current international cricket captain was among those approached by corrupt players to participate in spot-fixing, has confessed to the ICC's anti-corruption unit, giving detailed evidence about matches in at least five countries that were targeted for fixing.

According to The Guardian, the anti-corruption unit is working closely with independent detectives employed by several international cricket boards in a bid to uncover the biggest scandal since the conviction of the former South Africa captain Hansie Cronje in 2001.

The report suggested that police are close to charging a former Pakistani international player based on evidence provided by Vincent, although the full investigation is not expected to be complete for at least another year.

The majority of matches under investigation are believed to involve those played in the Indian Cricket League, which folded in 2008, although several games from the English county circuit could also be implicated.

A 40-over match between Sussex and Kent in 2011 in which Vincent participated is also being investigated, the report added.

(Posted on 15-05-2014)

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