Chris Cairns heads to UK for more interviewing

Last updated 15:09 24/05/2014
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CHRIS CAIRNS: The former NZ cricket star ''totally rejects'' allegations he is 'Player X'

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Former Black Cap Chris Cairns has left New Zealand to be interviewed by the London Metropolitan Police and the International Cricket Council's Anti-Corruption Unit.

Stuff can confirm Cairns left the country on a noon flight today and will conduct interviews with UK police and the ICC, anticipated to centre on allegations of match-fixing, following testimonies from former Black Cap Lou Vincent and current New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum.

Cairns has always denied any involvement in cricket corruption and "totally rejects" all allegations.

In his testimony, McCullum was said to have told investigators that a star international player had twice approached him in 2008 to request he fix matches and said he could earn over $200,000 per game. McCullum said he rejected the offer.

"I totally reject the allegations against me and I will prove this,'' Cairns has said.  "I am therefore committed to concluding my interview with the Met Police as soon as possible and will work through the proper channels to, once again, prove my innocence."

Cairns was previously interviewed in New Zealand by the Met Police last month but he said the interview was cut short because investigators had to return to England.

"I just ask people to remember that, as yet, the ICC have still not so much as interviewed me and that what is circulating in the public domain is barely one side of the story. There is a long journey ahead."

Dave Richardson, the South African who is CEO of the ICC, told a New Zealand radio station today that the sweeping investigation into world wide match fixing was close to being completed and that Cairns' flight to London today was part of that process.

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