Chris Cairns reiterated innocent of involvement in matchfixing
WELLINGTON : Former New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns reiterated on Friday he was innocent of any involvement in matchfixing and described the accusations against him as “absurd, bizarre and scary”.
Cairns read out a statement at Auckland airport after returning from London, where he was interviewed at his own request by London police, English cricketing authorities and the anti-corruption unit of cricket’s world governing body, the ICC.
“I have never match-fixed, sought to have others match-fix, or otherwise play the game of cricket in anything other than the spirit it so richly deserves to be played in,” he said.
“Knowing what I now know of these allegations against me, I find the situation truly absurd, bizarre and scary.
“I now wait to see what happens next. Whatever happens, I am hopeful that proper process will be followed and that I will be cleared of these allegations.”
The 43-year-old said former New Zealand cricketer Lou Vincent, who has admitted corruption and is assisting the ICC probe, had “betrayed” his friendship and the allegations he and his ex-wife had made against Cairns were “despicable lies”.