Match fixing

Brendon McCullum blames ICC for Cairns’ acquittal

Former Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum has used one of the biggest platforms in cricket — a speech at Lord’s — to say he stands by the match-fixing allegations he made against former teammate Chris Cairns.

Cairns was found not guilty at a trial last year in which McCullum was the trial’s biggest witness.

McCullum was off the pitch but still on the attack at Lord’s, and didn’t appear to be afraid to re-litigate the trial.

“I think it appropriate, standing here at the home of cricket, to confirm that I stand by everything said in my statements and the evidence I gave at the Southwark Crown Court,” he said.

Cairns was found not guilty of perjury and perverting the course of justice late last year — and by extension, he was found not guilty of match-fixing.

McCullum was the key witness who gave evidence against his former hero.

“I did not initially report Cairns’ approaches to me. As I said in the witness box when under cross-examination, it’s not easy ‘ratting’ on someone I regarded as a mate. And frankly, I was scared and I felt completely out of my depth,” he said. […]

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Chris Cairns wins and still loses



The former New Zealand cricketer was cleared of perjury and perverting the course of justice on Monday after jury deliberations that lasted for just over 10 hours.

Cairns was charged in relation to a 2012 libel trial against former Indian cricket boss Modi.

In that case, Cairns stated that he “never, ever cheated at cricket”, and Modi’s Twitter post that claimed he was a match fixer had damaged his reputation.

Cairns won the libel action. Read more »

Chris Cairns will lose, even if he wins

The jury considering Cairns’ fate will resume deliberating on Monday after failing to reach a verdict on Saturday morning, NZ time.

Chris Gallavin, former dean of law at Canterbury University, said if Cairns was convicted he was likely to face jail time and have the damages awarded to him in his 2012 libel trial against former Indian Premier League chairman Lalit Modi reversed.

“The perjury is probably the least of his worries.”

Modi has issued legal proceedings against Cairns in London to claw back $5.5m in damages and costs from the libel trial, but that action is on hold until after the criminal proceedings.

Gallavin said there was one way Cairns might avoid further court action: Modi might not have to proceed with his case because the judge in the perjury trial could order Cairns to repay the $948,000 damages and costs awarded against Modi ? plus the businessman’s own substantial legal costs.

“I daresay that would destroy him financially. He’s completely in the s… if he’s convicted of this.”

And if he’s found not guilty of perjury, he faces a $5.5M defamation suit. ?? Read more »

Cairns trial gets around to the motive: he needed the money. And lots of it

Chris Cairns’s massive money troubles in the wake of match-fixing allegations have been made clear at his London trial.

The former New Zealand cricketing star’s inability to pay bills, rent and child support were raised in a police interview recording played at the Southwark Crown Court trial.

In the 2014 interview with British officers, Cairns also spoke of “conspiracy theories” and described how he had been “f***ed over”.

In the audio, the police told Cairns his former teammate Lou Vincent, as well as Vincent’s ex-wife, had claimed he was involved in fixing.

Cairns appeared exasperated as he questioned whether the allegations that had been circulating were based on those accounts.

“Do you know how much s*** I’m in financially? I can’t pay my bills, I have got rent backed up for two months,” he told the officers.

“Why didn’t someone speak to me when it broke? If you wanted clarity, I will give you clarity.

“Seriously, these are the accusations? This is why I can’t get money. This is why I can’t make a living. This is it?” Read more »

Top cop likens Chris Cairns to a paedophile


Wow. ?Things got serious up in the UK overnight.

Cricket match fixers have been likened to paedophiles by a knighted former police officer and chairman of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Anti-Corruption Unit.

“The behaviour of these people who bring corruption into? cricket can be almost equated to the action of paedophiles,” Sir Ronald Flanagan has told the jury in the Chris Cairns perjury trial. Read more »

Crumbling Cairns Cricket Case Continues [POLL]

As readers will know, I’ve taken a position on Chris Cairns’ guilt pretty early on. ?Some of you wet liberals have been saying that we should apply the innocent until guilty doctrine, but we’re in the court of public opinion here, and here we can state our honest opinion.

After the defence badgered Lou Vincent to tears multiple times, a much harder proposition needed to be faced: ?Brendan McCullum.

McCullum told the trial at Southwark Crown Court he was having a drink with former Australian captain Ricky Ponting at a bar in India in 2008, when he got a call from Cairns wanting to discuss a “business proposition” and went to meet him at his hotel.

“I was expecting something legitimate, he’d been a businessman beforehand,” McCullum said. “I was shocked. I sort of thought he may have been joking, but then I quickly became aware he wasn’t joking.”

McCullum said Cairns was relaxed as he told him he would provide between US$70,000 (NZ$102,036) and US$180,000 per game for McCullum to fix and had a way to get money back to New Zealand without being questioned.

Cairns said fellow New Zealand cricketers Lou Vincent and Darryl Tuffey were already working for him, and said others, including Daniel Vettori and Jacob Oram, wouldn’t have “had the balls” to do it, McCullum said.

“He started saying everyone else was doing it in the world of cricket, all the ‘big boys’ were doing it,” McCullum said.

“I wish I had of said no straight away, but I couldn’t comprehend that Chris would put me in a position where he’d risk my future in the game.”

Before McCullum left the hotel room, Cairns said:” And remember, this conversation never happened,” McCullum told the court.

Cairns’ defence isn’t disputing any of the facts directly and continues to attack the credibility of the witnesses. ?? Read more »

Chris Cairns, perjury and the downfall of cricket

Chris Cairns will be wishing he'd committed perjury in NZ where it is highly unlikely you will ever be charged. via Newstalk ZB

Chris Cairns will be wishing he’d committed alleged perjury in NZ where it is highly unlikely you will ever be charged. via Newstalk ZB

Without realising it, we’re almost exactly a year along on this issue. ?In September 2014, only a week and a bit before the elections, you responded to a poll with the following results


  • not changed a thing, Guilty – 50%
  • not changed a thing, Not Guilty – 7%
  • not changed a thing, let the court decide – 21%
  • changed my mind, Guilty – 5%
  • changed my mind, Not Guilty – 1%
  • changed my mind, let the court decide – 4%
  • other – 12%

The next installment is about to play out in court, and the latest twist is that New Zealand cricketers are going to testify, and the testimony isn’t expected to favour Cairns. ? Read more »

Who would want to be Chris Cairns now?


Dylan Cleaver reports

Lalit Modi has issued legal proceedings against Chris Cairns to claw back $4.9 million in damages and costs.

Mr Modi, the former head of the Indian Premier League, has also applied to the High Court in London to have the libel verdict won by Cairns in 2012 to be set aside on the grounds of fraud.

In an email to the Herald, Modi’s lawyer, Rajesh Vyakarnam, said: “Mr Modi has issued proceedings to set aside the 2012 libel judgment on the ground of fraud and is claiming the return of all damages and costs paid which are in excess of ?2.4m. Read more »

McCullum vs Cairns: Only one can be right


What are the odds of both Brendan McCullum and Chris Cairns speaking the truth and both stories work in together flawlessly? ?? Read more »

Chris Cairns charged with lying to the court

I’ve been following the Cricket match saga with some interest. ?Cairns has been resolute about his innocence and that he is a victim here.

Chris Cairns is about to be charged by the Metropolitan Police.

It’s understood he will be charged with perjury, stemming from the libel trial he won in 2012 over the former Indian Premier League boss Lalit Modi.

It’s believed Cairns will be asked to go to London where he’ll be formally charged.

Cairns has always denied wrong-doing in the ongoing cricket match-fixing allegation saga, in which former Black Cap team-mate Lou Vincent claims Cairns was at the centre of.

Cairns travelled to London earlier this year to be interviewed by the Met Police.

Chris Cairns plans to fight the latest charges against him in court.

Cairns says he’s obviously extremely disappointed to be charged, but is looking forward to facing his accusers in an open forum, so he can clear his name once and for all.

He says he will continue to co-operate fully with the authorities, including voluntarily travelling to the UK to face the charges.

It’s getting more difficult to let the courts sort it out without forming an opinion. ?Cairns made this statement: ? Read more »