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#Corrupt: Former Pakistan A, Sussex bowler Naveed Arif receives life ban for matchfixing

Former Pakistan A and Sussex County fast bowler Naveed Arif Gondal has been banned from cricket for life by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) after admitting breaching the ECB’s Anti-Corruption Code.

Gondal, 32, was banned for six match fixing charges in connection with a 40-over fixture between Sussex and Kent at Hove in August 2011.

The Punjab-born left arm seamer was charged alongside New Zealand cricket Lou Vincent earlier this year. 

An ECB statement said Gondal admitted to the allegations in tape recorded interviews with the ECB’s anti-corruption unit and via signed statements. 

Under the ban, Gondal will be barred from playing, coaching or participating in any form of cricket which is recognised or sanctioned by ECB, the ICC or any other National Cricket Federation.

ECB Chief Executive David Collier said: “Today’s announcement sends out a very clear message that ECB has a zero-tolerance approach to corruption in cricket and that it will root out and punish those who pose a threat to the game’s integrity.

“We thank the anti-corruption team for their work in bringing this case and trust that it will serve as a stark reminder to all players of the dangers that corrupt activities pose to their careers and livelihoods.”

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