Written by News 1st
21 May, 2014 | 10:39 am
The cricketing world has been rocked by fresh revelations over alleged fixing by former New Zealand internationals, following the leak of player statements made to a corruption inquiry.
The scandal has prompted ex-Black Caps star Chris Cairns to confirm that he is “Player X” — the prominent former international accused in the statements of pressuring others to fix in matches — while rejecting the allegations against him and vowing to clear his name.
“I have not denied I am Player X,” he wrote in a series of tweets Tuesday. “It’s the allegations I reject… Thanks for all the support out there and to all those who understand that there are bigger forces at play here.”
The International Cricket Council’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) has previously confirmed it was conducting an investigation into Cairns and fellow former New Zealand internationals Lou Vincent and Daryl Tuffey.
Cairns, considered one of the game’s leading all-rounders in his day, has challenged match-fixing allegations in the courts in the past, and won.
In 2012, he sued Indian cricket official and businessman Lalit Modi in a British court, after Modi had tweeted allegations of match-fixing relating to Cairns’ stint with the Chandigarh Lions in the short-lived Indian Cricket League (ICL).
In the latest revelations, Vincent is reported to have told ACSU investigators he fixed in at least 12 games in five countries from 2008 to 2012, beginning with his time with the Chandigarh Lions.
He then reportedly continued to fix in the English county competition, and the Twenty20 Champions League, using tactics such as changing the color of his bat handle to show that a fix was occurring.
According to the reports, Vincent, 35, identified six other players he believes were involved in fixing, and told investigators he had been drawn into the practice under the influence of a prominent former international — referred to by the press as Player X — whom he felt he could not refuse.
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