Legendary Kiwi Cairns denies he is the mysterious Player X.
Former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns maintains that he has nothing to do with match-fixing after rumours that his compatriots Lou Vincent and Brendon McCullum have revealed his name as one of the perpetrators of spot-fixing and match-fixing.
Reports suggest that McCullum and Vincent have both revealed the name of a ‘Player X’ in their testimonies to the ICC Anti Corruption unit, and amid rumours that the name of player X is Chris Cairns, the world renowned Kiwi star denied he is involved in corruption.
“I am aware that Lou Vincent and Brendon McCullum have made a range of allegations against a cricketer dubbed Player X,” the 43-year-old was quoted by ESPNCricinfo.
“It is well known that the ICC/ACSU has been investigating allegations of corruption and my name has been linked by others to these allegations.
“I am being asked whether I am player X. Based on the limited information I have received during this investigation, I believe it is being alleged that I am that player.
“These allegations against me are a complete lie.”
McCullum is believed to have described Player X as one of his cricketing heroes, and with Cairns indirectly calling teh current captain’s testimony as a complete fabrication, the New Zealand Cricket board have backed their skipper by stating that the wicketkeeper batsman’s efforts towards helping anti-corruption agencies have been much appreciated.
In 2012, Cairns had won a case against former IPL chief Lalit Modi, who had alleged that Cairns was heavily involved in fixing.