Lou Vincent
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Former New Zealand cricketer Lou Vincent has revealed that he was involved in fixing matches and admitted his actions have brought shame on himself and his country.

Vincent said in a statement that he lived with the "dark secret" for so many years but decided eventually to disclose the truth and face the consequences.

"My name is Lou Vincent and I am a cheat. I have abused my position as a professional sportsman on a number of occasions by choosing to accept money in fixing," Vincent said.

The 35-year-old, who played in English county cricket, has already been charged by England and Wales Cricket Board over match fixing. He was accused of accepting money to throw away a Clydesdale Bank 40-over match between Sussex and Kent at Hove in August 2011.

"It's a truth that has rightly caused uproar and controversy in New Zealand and around the world. I have shamed my country, I have shamed my sport, I have shamed those close to me. And for that, I am not proud," Vincent said.

"I lost faith in myself, in the game, I abused the game I loved. I had to put things right. Speaking out, exposing the truth, laying bare the things I have done wrong, is the only way I could find to begin to put things right."

"The time has come for me now to face them like a man and accept the consequences - whatever they may be."

Vincent's former New Zealand team-mate Chris Cairns is also under investigation in alleged match fixing. However, the former all-rounder has denied the allegations.

"I have never match-fixed or sought to have others match fix," Cairns said in a statement earlier in May.