Names are out: Lou Vincent, Chris Cairns, Daryl Tuffey
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FORMER Test opening batsman Lou Vincent has confirmed he is one of three New Zealand past players being investigated by the International Cricket Council anti-corruption and security unit over possible match or spot fixing. The other two, according to a New Zealand paper, are former all-rounder Chris Cairns and pace bowler Daryl Tuffey.
The 35-year-old Vincent, who played the last of 23 Tests for New Zealand in 2007, issued a statement to say "I am cooperating with an ongoing ICC anti-corruption investigation that has been made public today.'' He said he was unable to make further comment and asked for privacy while the investigation continues.
Former all-rounder Cairns said he had no contact with ICC officials over match-fixing. "I've yet to be contacted by any of the authorities involved, NZ Cricket or ICC, so to be perfectly honest I'm as much in the dark as you guys,'' Cairns said.
Cairns had been due to provide television commentary on the Test between New Zealand and West Indies at Dunedin on Thursday but left the ground unexpectedly during the day. The New Zealand Herald revealed on Thursday that three New Zealanders were under investigation in what it described as "the biggest sports scandal in New Zealand's history.''
The newspaper later named on its online edition the three players, including fast bowler Tuffey, it alleges are at the center of the ICC probe. It said officials from the ICC anti-corruption and security unit had been in New Zealand over the past four months conducting an investigation.New Zealand Cricket later confirmed that three New Zealanders were under investigation, saying it knew their names but couldn't identify the players during the judicial process.
At times they were casual on the field
The three NZ players reported to be part of ICC's investigations into spot fixing also played for the Indian Cricket League (ICL)side, the Chandigarh Lions. The following is the impression of an Indian player who played with the trio in the ICL. The player, a fast bowler, spoke on the condition of anonimity to Shalini Gupta