Former Blackcap Lou Vincent’s life ban from cricket has been relaxed after close to a decade out of the sport.
Vincent, 45, was handed a life ban from the game in 2014 after he admitted to 18 separate breaches of the England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) anti-corruption code while playing for county sides Lancashire and Sussex in 2008 and 2011 respectively.
Including matches outside of England, Vincent admitted to attempting to manipulate 12 matches over a four-year period in five different countries.
However, on Friday, the ECB’s cricket discipline commission relaxed that ban and allowed Vincent to take part in the domestic game once again.
While Vincent is unlikely to return to professional cricket, he is now able to participate at club level – be it either playing or coaching.
That came after an appeal from both Vincent and the New Zealand Cricket Players Association (NZCPA), in which his co-operation with authorities was hailed.
“I made a terrible mistake many years ago which I’ll deeply regret for the rest of my life and I remain very sorry for the harm I caused,” said Vincent.