24 May 2014

Brendon McCullum speaks out about fixing probe

6:38 am on 24 May 2014

The Black Caps cricket captain Brendon McCullum says he's disappointed his match-fixing testimony was leaked to the media, but says he has no regrets about providing the information to the International Cricket Council.

McCullum fronted media Thursday morning in Christchurch, the first time he's spoken publicly since he and former Black Cap Lou Vincent's testimonies were leaked last week.

The 32-year-old says he stands by his testimony and wouldn't hesitate to talk to the ICC Anti-Corruption investigators again.

McCullum was quick to encourage other players to report any match-fixing as soon as possible.

He says he has complete confidence in the ICC's processes, and while he concedes the game has been tainted by the fixing allegations, he believes most players in the sport aren't corrupt.

In his testimony, which was leaked to the British media last week, he detailed an approach from a player he described as one of his heroes, to fix a game in 2008.

McCullum on Thursday wouldn't say who that player was and says while it been a stressful time, he knows he did the right thing.

He says he's pleased the ICC chief executive David Richardson has endorsed his actions as it takes courage for players to report a match fixing approach and its vital players who do so feel supported.

The Black Caps skipper is back in New Zealand for the birth of his third child.

New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White says they're more than comfortable with McCullum's conduct throughout the investigation and subsequent media storm.

The ICC has launched its own investigation into the leaking of anti-corruption information to the British media.

ICC boss Richardson says the leaks completely undermine any trust or confidence players may have in cricket's anti-corruption systems.

Richardson has spoken to McCullum to personally apologise and says they want to emphasise the New Zealand captain is not under investigation.