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Pakistan's Naveed Arif charged with match-fixing

KARACHI: Pakistan's left-arm paceman, Naveed Arif, who signed for Sussex in 2011, has been charged for with match-fixing, ARY News reported.

Arif, aged 32, faces at least 5 charges of fixing, with some relating to a 40-over match between Sussex and Kent at Hove in August 2011, sources revealed.

Naveed Arif will be charged with being Lou Vincent’s accomplice in allegedly rigging the match, which was televised on Sky and attracted bets totaling more than £12m.

There were concerns the match was rigged at the time, but this was dismissed by the ICC’s ant-corruption unit.

The case was reopened in August 2012 by the ECB and enough evidence was found to charge the players.

In the Sussex v Kent match, Arif bowled six overs and conceded 41 runs.

Sussex, who would have been guaranteed a semi-final place with a victory, reached 76-0 in pursuit of their 217-run target.

But they lost four wickets for seven runs, including Vincent, who was run out for one off six balls.

Arif batted at number nine and scored 11 off 29 runs as Sussex were bowled out for 202.

Arif played a key role in Little Stoke winning promotion to the North Staffs and South Cheshire League last season.

And he made one appearance in the top flight this summer, the opening-day victory over Longton on April 19.

He was served with his charge papers by the ECB at the end of April. He has now left Little Stoke.

Naveed Arif has also played for Sialkot Stallions.




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