9 Feb 2014

Cairns seeks match fixing evidence

4:29 pm on 9 February 2014

Former New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns says his ex-wife has been contacted by the International Cricket Council as part of an investigation into alleged match fixing.

Chris Cairns.

Chris Cairns. Photo: AFP

Cairns says the ICC was due to travel to South Africa to interview his former partner, Carin, but he says the trip has been cancelled after she told the inquiry Cairns has never been involved in corruption.

In a statement, Cairns says it's been 10 weeks since news of the investigation broke. He says it shouldn't be allowed to drag on whilst he's totally in the dark about what he is being investigated for.

Cairns says its impact on his professional opportunities is serious as his livelihood is directly linked to his reputation.

He says he's currently unable to work and provide for his family, and that there should be some onus on the ICC to come forward and present reliable evidence to justify the investigation.

Cairns says he's heard there are English Police in New Zealand this week investigating the matter, but no one has contacted him.

He says his message to New Zealand Cricket is that his situation isn't okay after playing more than 250 matches for his country over 16 years.

In 2012, Cairns was awarded damages after taking a libel suit to the High Court in London against the former Indian Premier League chairman Lalit Modi, who accused him of match fixing on Twitter.