Captain McCullum to front on match-fixing leak

MARK GEENTY
Last updated 22:02 21/05/2014
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It was another day, another denial in the match-fixing saga as New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum prepares to go public in the wake of his leaked testimony.

McCullum is scheduled to return to Christchurch from India in the morning to await the birth of his third child, and will front a press conference after his written statement to International Cricket Council anti-corruption (ACSU) investigators was leaked.

In it, McCullum reportedly alleged former team-mate Chris Cairns twice approached him to fix matches in 2008, which he rebuffed. McCullum is understood to have given evidence in 2011 and 2013.

Cairns proclaimed his innocence and vowed to clear his name in two statements this week, and Daryl Tuffey, who was also named in December as under investigation by the ACSU, followed suit yesterday.

Sydney-based former international Tuffey broke his silence via a statement from his legal team, to issue an unequivocal denial of any involvement in fixing.

''Since the commencement of this matter earlier this year to date, Mr Tuffey or his lawyers have not been presented with a single scintilla of evidence to substantiate these claims.

''Mr Tuffey is naturally frustrated by the unsubstantiated attacks on his good name levelled by a few self-interested individuals. He does, however, remain committed to continued co-operation with the authorities regarding this matter and is confident that he will ultimately be cleared of any wrong-doing.''

The ICC also broke its silence as chief executive Dave Richardson expressed ''deep regrets'' that McCullum's confidential statement was made public.

It is understood ICC employees were cleared of leaking, but suspicion fell on some ICC member nations who were privy to the statements as part of the wide-ranging investigation across several jurisdictions.

"We are taking all steps available to us to urgently investigate how certain information in the form of statements has come to find its way into the media, so that we can provide reassurances to the stakeholders within the sport so that they can continue to place their trust in the hands of the ACSU,'' said Richardson, emphasising McCullum was not under investigation.

Meanwhile, the leaks continued as more details of Lou Vincent's involvement in fixing emerged.

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One News reported Vincent's ex-wife, Elly Riley, told investigators how she and her then-husband drove to a Birmingham laundrette in 2008 to collect US$50,000 in cash.

''I just sat in the car and put a hoodie over my head because I was so worried and scared. Lou went into a laundrette and came out with a black ruck bag and the cash was in that,'' she told ACSU investigators.

Riley's explosive 10-page statement, taken last October, alleged Cairns was a match-fixing ringleader in the Indian Cricket League, and later in English county cricket. She testified she confronted Cairns in 2008 but he laughed it off, and said no one would get caught.

More evidence from Riley stated Vincent called her in 2012 after their divorce. ''Lou phoned and asked me to pick up some money for him. I think it was nine or 10 thousand pounds''.

She believed it was proceeds from the sale of a van Vincent had. ''Lou replied, 'Elly you know what I mean' and immediately I realised that the money was related to match-fixing.''

Riley said in evidence she refused after she was contacted by a person called Bawa from Birmingham who would meet her in a carpark near her home.

''I was angry that I'd been asked to do this because you don't know who you're dealing with. I've got children and I don't want to be driving out to dodgy carparks to pick up cash.''

- Stuff

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