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Former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns has lashed out at his accusers once again, insisting that he is not the mysterious ‘Player X’ being talked about in the ongoing match-fixing investigation.
Cairns was interviewed by the Metropolitan Police, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Anti-Corruption Unit in London earlier this week.
Former New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent and current skipper Brendon McCullum have already testified in front of the ICC, but Cairns revealed that two more ex-New Zealand players and one other current player had given evidence to the ICC and had made no direct allegations against him.
“Based on the information I was provided in London, I now understand that there were two past players and one current New Zealand player who Mr McCullum said he spoke to about the alleged approach,” Cairns said. “Two of these men made statements supporting Mr McCullum’s claim that he spoke to them. The third man told investigators his memory was foggy and he could not make a statement in support of Mr McCullum.”
Cairns added that he was shocked it had taken McCullum six years to report being approached in 2008. He was also infuriated with Vincent, stating that the former New Zealand batsman had “betrayed the friendship I offered him”.
“In 2008, he [Vincent] had a lot of problems that he has admitted to,” Cairns said. “I endeavoured to become a friend to him in these difficult times. He has betrayed the friendship I offered him. He now seeks to portray himself as a whistle-blower. He is nothing of the sort.
“I was not arrested or otherwise detained in London and I have not been charged with any offence, criminal or otherwise. I repeat that each and every allegation against me, that I have cheated at cricket or attempted to induce others to cheat at cricket, is false.”