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Former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns is set to be charged with perjury in the United Kingdom.
Cairns revealed that the Crown Prosecution Service have notified him of their intention to charge him on September 25. He added that he will fully co-operate with the authorities.
“I can confirm that I have now been notified by the Crown Prosecution Service in the UK that it is their intention to lay charges against me on 25 September for perjury,” Cairns said via a statement. “I’m obviously extremely disappointed, however, at least there will now be an opportunity to face my accusers in an open forum, with some rigour and proper process around that, so that I can clear my name once and for all.
“I hope that, through this forum, significant additional information will be flushed out that will help people to better assess the situation, as well as the character and motives of the parties involved.
“I wish this wasn’t the situation – having been to Court before, I know what lies ahead and how gruelling it will be and how tough it is on my family – but I have nothing to hide and I will do whatever it takes to once again prove my innocence.
“I will continue to co-operate fully with the authorities, including voluntarily travelling to the UK to face these changes.”
New Zealand Cricket (NZC) added: “New Zealand Cricket acknowledges the decision from British police to lay perjury charges against former New Zealand cricketer, Chris Cairns. These charges, quite different from proceedings conducted by cricket authorities into match-fixing and corruption, will now be tested in a British court of law and be subject to the normal processes of a criminal trial. Accordingly, NZC will not make any comment on the matter until such time all proceedings have been concluded.”