Wellington: New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum is standing by his testimony to the International Cricket Council's anti-corruption investigators and will continue to cooperate with them despite the leak of evidence to the media. McCullum told a news conference in Christchurch on Thursday he is disappointed his evidence was now public but he will "continue to fulfil my role in the investigation." (Read: Star cricketer involved in more allegations)
He is reported to have told ICC investigators that in 2008 he was twice approached by an ex-New Zealand international - dubbed in the report as "Player X" - and encouraged to take part in match fixing. Chris Cairns confirmed in a statement this week he believes he is "Player X", referred to in testimony provided to the ACSU by McCullum and former New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent, but has said it was "a complete lie" and he will prove he has not been involved in any form of corruption.
Asked on Thursday whether he stood by his evidence in the face of Cairns' denials, McCullum replied: "Yes." "I can't go into the specifics of what's going into the investigation or my involvement in it ... but I will continue to fulfil my role in the investigation," he said. "The dealings I've had with the group that I've dealt with, I have confidence. How the leak happened, I'm not sure, but I have confidence in them. (Also read: Chris Cairns denies allegations against him)
"There was no hesitancy in my faith in the ICC as such. If one of the players found themselves in the same situation then I would certainly encourage them to go the same route I chose." The ICC has stressed that McCullum is not suspected of any wrongdoing. (Also read: 'Devastated' ICC to probe match-fixing links)