Who didn’t see that coming? ¬†Still, disappointing tho’
The Herald can reveal that the player being named as Player X in evidence to the international cricket inquiry is New Zealand legend Chris Cairns.
The Herald has been told by multiple sources that the former allrounder has been named in testimony to the ICC’s anti-corruption unit (ACSU), referred to as Player X, by Lou Vincent and current captain Brendon McCullum.
He is alleged to have attempted to manipulate games, including in India when he was captain of the Chandigarh Lions in the short lived Indian Cricket League.
Cairns was let go by Chandigarh, due to what he described as an ankle injury.
In recent days, testimony from Vincent and McCullum has been leaked into the public domain, including alleged meetings between those players and Cairns.
When asked by the¬†Herald on Sunday¬†whether he was Player X,¬†Cairns said he did not want to “speculate”¬†but last night told Fairfax – Cairns was recently a columnist for the Sunday Star-Times – the allegations were false.
He said: “I am aware that former cricketer Lou Vincent and current New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum have made a range of allegations against a cricketer dubbed Player X,” Cairns’ statement said.
“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.”
Cairns maintains it’s a stitch-up.
I can’t help thinking we’ve got our own Lance Armstrong here.
– Dylan Cleaver, Andrew Alderson @ NZ Herald