Michael Vaughan: Ex-England captain wants fixers banned for life

Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan

Former England captain Michael Vaughan wants anyone guilty of fixing banned for life from cricket.

Lou Vincent and Naved Arif have been charged with match-fixing by the England and Wales Cricket Board while playing for Sussex in 2011.

Vaughan says there must be no way back for corrupt players or officials.

"Anyone found match-fixing, spot-fixing should be banned for life. Don't allow them anywhere near a cricket field again," he told BBC Radio 5 live.

Vaughan, who played 82 Tests and 86 one-day internationals for England, praised the ECB for charging Vincent and Arif, but said he is worried more cases will come to light in English cricket.

"Where this incident has hit us hard is that it is our game, or county game, our domestic game. That is a real concern," Vaughan added.

Lou Vincent
Ex-New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent is charged match fixing while playing for Sussex in 2011.

"I worry there is more to come out. I worry there is more out there."

ECB managing director Paul Downton played down the extent of the fixing and said five matches in England in the last six years are being looked at.

"I don't think it's as widespread as the recent press coverage has led us to believe," Downton told BBC's Test Match Special.

England batsman Ian Bell voiced concerns that controls to prevent corruption in county cricket are less rigorous than at international level.

And England captain Alastair Cook believes cricket's governing bodies need stronger preventative measures.

"It needs to stop and we need things in place that makes it hard for people to get away with it," Cook told Test Match Special..