New Zealand cricketer Lou Vincent: I am a cheat

Disgraced former New Zealand cricketer Lou Vincent has admitted match-fixing and says he is prepared to accept any punishment he receives.

The 35-year-old was charged by the ECB last month after allegations of his involvement in the spot-fixing of dozens of matches.

"My name is Lou Vincent and I am a cheat," the former top-order batsman said in a statement today.

Lou Vincent said he had lived with a "dark secret" for many years. Credit: PA

"I have abused my position as a professional sportsman on a number of occasions by choosing to accept money through fixing.

"I have lived with this dark secret for many years. I have shamed my country. I have shamed my sport. I lost faith in myself and the game. I abused the game I love. "Laying bare the things I have done wrong is the only way I can find to begin to put things right."

Vincent is expected to receive a life ban from the sport.