Chris Cairns: Allegations are completely false

LIAM NAPIER
Last updated 13:35 30/05/2014
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Chris Cairns arrives home after talking to London police over cricket match-fixing, denies the claims again.

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DEFIANT: Former New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns has returned home after talking with police in England.

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Former New Zealand allrounder Chris Cairns has identified Stephen Fleming, Daniel Vettori and Kyle Mills as three players who have provided statements to the International Cricket Council in regards to allegations he engaged in match-fixing.

Cairns arrived at Auckland International Airport today after being interviewed by the London Metropolitan Police, the England and Wales Cricket Board and the ICC anti-corruption and security unit (ACSU) in London.

"This was in relation to an allegation that I perjured myself at the trial of Cairns v Modi in 2012 and separate allegations by the anti-corruption unit that I am a match fixer," the former Black Caps all-rounder said as he read a statement. He refused to answer questions.

After being first interviewed by the Metropolitan Police six weeks ago, Cairns, who was not charged with any criminal offence while in London, was given information on the statement Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum had provided to investigators.

McCullum claims Cairns approached him during the Indian Cricket League tournament in March 2008.

"It is beyond doubt that regardless of what certain people have claimed in the media, Brendon McCullum waited three years before reporting this alleged approach to an ICC anti-corruption official," Cairns said.

"It is misleading at the least for a host of people to claim that he reported my alleged corrupt approach within a timely fashion or that there had been a small delay.

"Mr McCullum first made his allegation to the ICC's ACSU on February 17, 2011. Not only was this nearly three years after the alleged approach, but importantly 13 months before the trial in March, 2012, of my case in the London High Court against Lalit Modi about match fixing.

"At that trial, every allegation that I was match fixing was shown to be false.

"It is extraordinary that Mr McCullum told the ACSU in February, 2011, that three years previously I approached him to match-fix, yet neither he nor the ASCU corruption officer who took his statement, Mr John Rose, took that information to the ICC or informed Mr Modi or anyone else of this startling revelation."

Based on the information Cairns was given in London, he said there were two past players and one current New Zealand player who McCullum said he spoke to about the alleged approach.

"These three players have made no direct accusation against me," Cairns said.

"These players are Stephen Fleming, Daniel Vettori and Kyle Mills, the brother of New Zealand Cricket Players' Association head Heath Mills.

"Two of these men made statements supporting Mr McCullum's claim that he spoke to them. The third man told investigators his memory was foggy and he could not make a statement in support of Mr McCullum.

"It is also significant that none of those players seems to have spoken to anyone at the ICC or anyone at any other organisation about my alleged conversation with Mr McCullum until this year."

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Cairns also took aim at Lou Vincent, who is being investigated by the anti-corruption unit and has been charged with corruption offences by the England and Wales Cricket Board.

The pair played together in the unsanctioned ICL.

"In 2008 he had a lot of problems that he has admitted to," Cairns said.

"I endeavoured to become a friend to him in these difficult times. He has betrayed the friendship I offered him and now seeks to portray himself as a whistleblower.

"He is nothing of the sort. The truth is he has been caught cheating and seeks to mitigate his sins by blaming others.

"The allegations he and his ex-wife make against me are despicable lies.

"As a result of my trip to London, I also understand no person has made any allegation which Mr Vincent and his ex-wife have made against me.

"I find this situation truly absurd, bizarre and scary. I now wait to see what happens next.

"I am hopeful that proper process will be followed and that I will be cleared of these allegations."

At the end of his statement, Cairns said he had never match-fixed, sought to have others match-fix or played cricket in anything other than the spirit it so richly deserved to be played in.

"Over the last few years I have felt the influence of nameless, faceless people casting aspersions about me throughout the world of cricket and perhaps beyond," he said.

"I have a small group of people in my corner and they are helping me now.

"There are dark forces at play. The just-concluded trip to England has not persuaded me to think any differently."

- Stuff

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