Match-Fixing: Chris Cairns Denies Being 'Player X' in Probe

Former New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns has lashed out at speculations that he may be the cricketer who was named by Brendon McCullum and Lou Vincent when they reported being approached to fix matches.

updated: May 20, 2014 08:17 IST
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Wellington: Chris Cairns says current New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum lied if he has named him to anti-corruption authorities as the former star player who attempted to lure McCullum into match-fixing.

The retired allrounder issued a statement saying he believes he is the figure identified only as "Player X" who was named by McCullum and former New Zealand Test batsman Lou Vincent as a ringleader of fixing activities.

McCullum's testimony to the International Cricket Council's anti-corruption unit was leaked on Sunday to a British newspaper. The Daily Mail said McCullum told investigators he was twice approached in 2008 by a player he considered a friend and hero and invited to become involved in fixing.

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