FORMER Little Stoke cricketer Naveed Arif has received a life ban after admitting match-fixing charges.
Arif, who played a key role in leading Little Stoke to promotion last season, but only played one match at the start of this season, admitted six breaches of the English and Wales' Cricket Board's Anti-Corruption Code.
Imran Khan of Lewis Hymanson Small solicitors said: "Mr Naveed Arif pleaded guilty to six breaches in relation to the CB 40 fixture between Sussex and Kent, at Hove in August 2011.
“Mr Arif has accepted an agreed sanction of a life ban from all forms of cricket which will prevent him from playing, coaching or participating in any form of cricket which is recognised or sanctioned by the ECB, the ICC or any other National Cricket Federation.
“Mr Arif regrets his conduct which has let himself, his teammates, Sussex County Cricket Club and the cricket fraternity down. He is deeply ashamed of his actions and, consequently, bringing the game of cricket into disrepute. These actions were unacceptable and Mr Arif has no excuses.
“Being banned from cricket, the game he loves, is the most severe punishment he could receive. Mr Arif is currently considering his future, having learnt some painful lessons from his past.”