Chris Cairns not cleared in ECB probe just yet

Last updated 05:03 22/06/2014
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CHRIS CAIRNS: Maintains his innocence in match fixing charges.

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Cricket star Chris Cairns is not yet in the clear over match-fixing allegations levelled against him by former team-mates, contrary to reports last week.

It was reported last week that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) would not charge Cairns with match-fixing offences, after accusations by former team-mate Lou Vincent that he had incited him to fix games while playing for Lancashire in 2008. Cairns was contracted to Nottinghamshire at the time, but senior sources indicated to the Daily Telegraph that he would not face charges in the UK.

However, Fairfax Media understands the Daily Telegraph may have jumped the gun in stating the ECB's position, and that the ECB is waiting to see what the UK Metropolitan Police will do. And there is also a separate anti-corruption probe being undertaken by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Cairns indicated that was the case with a text message yesterday which suggested he had read the Daily Telegraph report but could not comment as he was "awaiting the Met Police and CPS [Crown Prosecution Service] decision".

Cairns flew to London last month to offer himself up for interviews with the Met, ECB and the ICC's anti-corruption unit.

Cairns has always maintained his innocence, more so since evidence given to anti-corruption officers was leaked to English media. Vincent, his ex-wife Elly Riley, and New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum all testified against ‘Player X'. Cairns labelled the leaked evidence a "lie" and suggested "dark forces" were at play.

Vincent was last month charged by the ECB with 14 offences relating to two county cricket matches he played for Sussex in 2011. He was banned for three years by the Bangladesh Cricket Board.

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