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“Honestly, I’m as much in the dark as you are”
Former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns has revealed that he hasn’t “heard from anyone from the ICC [International Cricket Council]” after having been accused of match-fixing.
Cairns’ comments come after the ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) conducted a four-month investigation, in which they found that the former all-rounder, along with batsman Lou Vincent and pace bowler Daryl Tuffey, could have taken part in match-fixing during their international careers.
“The hardest thing is the impact on my mum, my dad, my family,” Cairns was quoted as saying by Stuff.co.nz. “I haven’t heard from anyone. I haven’t heard from anyone from the ICC [International Cricket Council], [or] from anti-corruption.
“Honestly, I’m as much in the dark as you are.”
Stuff.co.nz also reported that Cairns felt as if he were reliving the nightmare of last year, when he was cleared of any wrongdoing after having been accused of match-fixing by former Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Lalit Modi.
Cairns is still scratching his head over how most of the public came to know about the accusations before he did.
“That’s the question burning in my head,” he said. “If this is the ICC anti-corruption unit’s secretive investigation, how has the media got it? We’ve got a million questions.”
Cairns stated that he would fully cooperate with the ICC’s investigation and added that he had nothing to hide.
“I’m completely open to talk to anybody in any division of the cricketing world,” he said. “I’m more than happy to speak to anyone.”