Chris Cairns flies to London to meet Met Police and the ICC over match-fixing allegations

Stephen Brenkley
Sunday 25 May 2014 00:00 BST
Former New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns arrives at Auckland Airport
Former New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns arrives at Auckland Airport (Getty)

Chris Cairns, the former New Zealand all-rounder whose name is linked to match-fixing allegations, is flying to London to meet detectives from the Metropolitan Police. He also hopes to talk to investigators from the International Cricket Council's anti-corruption unit.

Cairns has consistently and strenuously denied he was involved in fixing, and won £90,000 in a libel action against Lalit Modi, the former commissioner of the Indian Premier League, over a tweet. His meeting with the Met is the continuation of an interview started last year.

His solicitor has confirmed the dual purpose of the trip to the New Zealand Daily Herald. Cairns has been named by both Lou Vincent and Brendon McCullum in testimony to the ICC. In line with their policy, the ICC would not say if Cairns was meeting them.

Vincent, who has admitted to the ICC his involvement in fixing in five countries, has been charged by the England and Wales Cricket Board with 14 offences in two matches in which he played for Sussex in 2011, a 40-over match against Kent and a Twenty20 fixture against Lancashire.

Naveed Arif, a Pakistani A pace bowler who was Vincent's Sussex team-mate at the time, has been charged with six offences relating to the Kent match.

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