FORMER Little Stoke cricketer Naveed Arif is one of two players who have been charged with match-fixing.
The player, who played a big part in the club’s promotion back to the North Staffs and South Cheshire League premier last season is charged with six offences under the England and Wales Cricket Board’s anti-corruption code.
Arif, who has made only one appearance for the Uttoxeter Road club this term, at Longton on the opening day, is joined by ex-Nantwich and Longton batsman Lou Vincent who faces 14 offences.
Vincent’s relate to two matches played in August 2011, a T20 match between Sussex and Lancashire, also a 40-over game between Sussex and Kent. Arif’s are in connection with the 40-over match between Sussex and Kent.
Both players have been provisionally suspended from all cricketing activities organised, authorised or supported by the ECB, ICCF, and other National Cricket Federation (NCF) and any member of any other NCF.
Arif’s solicitor, Imran Khan, of Manchester-based firm Lewis Hymanson Small said: Mr Naveed Arif has been charged pursuant to ECB’s Anti-Corruption Code for Participants with six offences in relation to a 40-over cricket match between Sussex and Kent which took place on 23 August 2011.
“Mr Arif is currently suspended from all cricketing facilities.
“In view of Mr Arif’s right to a fair hearing before the Anti-Corruption tribunal, we do not intend to make any further comment at this juncture.” Arif has now left Little Stoke who are currently third in the premier league.
Head of ECB’s Anti-Corruption unit, Chris Watts said: “This has been an extremely complex and lengthy investigation co-ordinated across many jurisdictions around the world.
“This matter is now the subject of formal legal proceedings and we therefore make no further comment other than to re-iterate our determination to bring to account the very small minority who seek to corrupt cricket.”