UK, NZ police to interview Cairns over scandal

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE AND AARON LAWTON
Last updated 05:04 29/03/2014
Chris Cairns
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ON THE DEFENCE: Chris Cairns has said he's hurt by the allegations.

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Former Black Caps all-rounder Chris Cairns expects to sit down with representatives from the New Zealand and British police early next week.

Cairns confirmed the planned meeting as Andrew Fitch-Holland, his friend and former lawyer, was yesterday released on bail in England after being arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

Fitch-Holland had been taken into custody a day earlier ''in relation to a civil matter'', according to police but no charges were laid.

The lawyer appeared as a witness at a libel case in the London High Court in 2012 which Cairns won against Indian cricket powerbroker Lalit Modi over allegations of match-fixing in the Indian Cricket League.

Much of it centred around Cairns' exit from the now defunct league in 2008. Cairns attributed that to injury while Modi raised the spectre of match-fixing.

The judge found no evidence to support Modi's allegations that Cairns had been involved in corrupt activities.

Cairns confirmed this week he had been contacted by New Zealand and British police and was happy to co-operate with them, maintaining his innocence and again declaring that he had ''nothing to hide''.

He and his wife, Mel, met with authorities from Scotland Yard on Wednesday night.

''It is very much a waiting game at the moment to find out what this is all about,'' Cairns said yesterday, adding: ''Hopefully that will be next week''.

This is likely to be a lengthy saga.

The news of Fitch-Holland's arrest was revealed by Britain's Telegraph newspaper on Thursday.

Their cricket writer Nick Hoult yesterday told Radio New Zealand it could be ''many months'' before Fitch-Holland was either charged or had the bail order lifted.

Hoult believed the focus of the police investigation was the libel case and not the allegations of match-fixing.

Cairns has been linked to an International Cricket Council investigation over allegations of match-fixing that emerged late last year.

Fellow Black Caps and team mates from Cairns' Chandigarh Lions team, Lou Vincent and Daryl Tuffey, have also been linked to that investigation.

Vincent said at the time he was co-operating with investigators while Tuffey expressed a willingness to co-operate if required.

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