Auckland: Former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns went on the front foot over ongoing match fixing allegations yesterday demanding his accusers produce details of what he is alleged to have done.
Cairns is one of three former New Zealand players, along with Daryl Tuffey and Lou Vincent, tied to an ICC match fixing probe. But 10 weeks after the ICC confirmed the investigation, Cairns said no one had approached him.
“Surely there should be some onus on the ICC or other governing bodies to come forward and present some reliable evidence to justify the investigation,” he said yesterday.
“The current rumour and speculation, which has been widely reported around the world, is doing untold damage.
“The impact of this on my career and the professional opportunities in front of me is very serious ... while this dark cloud hangs over me, my ability to work and provide for my family is almost non-existent.”
Cairns also slammed the Kiwi cricket board and high-profile officials, including the legendary Richard Hadlee. “The thing that really irks me with New Zealand Cricket is that from day one I’ve had the door shut in my face... how would Sir Richard (Hadlee) feel having his family name, the Hadlee name, drawn through the mud as I’ve had it.” —
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