"My name is Lou Vincent and I am a cheat," admits cricketer

Jul 01 2014, 15:04 IST
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SummaryAll set to be banned for life for fixing matches across nations, New Zealand's disgraced cricketer Lou Vincent...

look my children in the eyes and tell them that honesty is the best policy - even if it feels like the hardest thing to do at times. I now believe in myself as a person again and I don't wake up every morning hating myself," he added.

"Today is the day I offer my deepest, deepest apologies to the public and the cricketing world, to the loyal fans, to the dedicated coaches, staff, players past and present."

Vincent thanked the ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit for supporting him while he admitted to his wrongdoings.

"I apologise to and thank the ACSU for the help and support that is out there for all players, that has helped me a great deal, Chris Morris and his legal team and all the associations that have handled the sensitive situation with professionalism and respect," he said.

Vincent said he has been battling depression.

"The people who know me know I'm vulnerable, but they also know that I am not stupid. And I know what is right and what is wrong. I do suffer from depression - that is absolutely no excuse for all I've done wrong," he said.

"I used to think mistakes were made by bad people, but now I even know that good people can make the worst of mistakes. My actions I will regret for the rest of my life.

"For sport to prosper, it is up to players to police the game, because they are the ones that will ultimately lose out and allow themselves to be used as pawns to make money," he added.

Vincent hoped that his case would be a cautionary tale for those who are vulnerable to advances from corrupt elements.

"No one should ever be put in a position and no one should ever allow themselves to forget what sport is about and let money rule their decisions. The decisions I made were wrong. Players must be better than that; above reproach, for the fans, for the sport," he said.

"For the first time in a very long time I feel positive about my future, I am finally becoming the man I want to be. I have to face up to my wrongs and make them right.

"I have kept my head down for too long now and it's time to man up to my mistakes and today, I can stand with a better conscience because I know I am doing the right

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