- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 1, 2014

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - A former cricket player for New Zealand has been banned for life after admitting to years of involvement in match-fixing with the words “I am a cheat.”

The England and Wales Cricket Board announced the ban Tuesday hours after Lou Vincent divulged his “dark secret” in a video statement. He says he had been involved in fixing matches in 12 competitions across five countries, including in English county cricket, the Indian Cricket League and the 2012 Champions Trophy.

The 35-year-old New Zealander played 23 tests and more than 100 one-day internationals. He says his actions had “rightly caused uproar and controversy.”

He says in the video statement: “I have shamed my country. I have shamed my sport. I have shamed those close to me. For that I am not proud.”