Life ban for Naveed Arif

  • Last Updated: June 18 2014, 12:47 BST

Former Sussex bowler Naveed Arif has been given a life ban from cricket by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) after pleading guilty to six breaches of its anti-corruption code.

Naveed Arif: Lifetime ban for former Sussex player
Naveed Arif: Lifetime ban for former Sussex player

All of the charges relate to Sussex's Clydesdale Bank 40 match against Kent in August 2011.

The ban means Arif is now banned from participating in any form of cricket sanctioned by the ECB, the International Cricket Council or any other national cricket federation.

The 32-year-old had been playing for Little Stoke in the North Staffordshire and South Cheshire League prior to a temporary suspension being imposed in April 2014.

“Today’s announcement sends out a very clear message that ECB has a zero-tolerance approach to corruption in cricket and that it will root out and punish those who pose a threat to the game’s integrity,” ECB chief executive David Collier told the governing body's official website.

“We thank the anti-corruption team for their work in bringing this case and trust that it will serve as a stark reminder to all players of the dangers that corrupt activities pose to their careers and livelihoods.”