Report: Chris Cairns 'won't face charges in UK'

Last updated 07:37 20/06/2014
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CHRIS CAIRNS: The former NZ cricketer will not be charged with match fixing by the ECB, it has been reported.

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Chris Cairns will not be charged with match fixing by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), it has been reported.

London's Daily Telegraph newspaper has reported senior ECB sources "have indicated that he [Cairns] will not face any charges in [Britain]".

Cairns was accused by former New Zealand team-mate Lou Vincent of inciting him to fix matches while playing for the English county Lancashire in 2008.

It was thought that placed Cairns under ECB jurisdiction because he was contracted to Nottinghamshire at the time.
Cairns has continued to vehemently deny any wrong-doing.

The apparent decision not to charge Cairns comes at the same time as the ECB reiterated its zero tolerance of fixing by banning Pakistani Naveed Arif for his part in throwing a county match.

Arif pleaded guilty to six offences while Vincent was charged with 14 offences.

The Telegraph reported talks are ongoing between the ECB and Vincent's lawyers over the next step though Vincent's lawyer has said he had not struck a plea bargain.

Vincent last year confessed to anti-corruption officers to fixing offences in five countries and it was his evidence that led to Arif being charged. Vincent was yesterday banned for three years for not reporting an approach to match fix while playing in Bangladesh in 2012.

Former Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful was suspended for eight years for his part in fixing during the 2013 Bangladesh Premier League.

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