New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum confirmed in the Southwark Crown Court in London about Chris Cairns approaching him as many as 3 times for spot fixing. McCullum’s testimony in the court today will be a huge blow to the chances of Chris Cairns.
McCullum admitted that at first, he did not believe Cairns was seriously asking him to indulge in spot fixing and rather took it as a joke. The Blackcaps skipper also said that he was shocked by Cairns’ approach.
McCullum said that the first offer from Cairns was made just prior to the first game of the inaugural edition of the IPL, when he was in Kolkata. “I was having a drink with Ricky Ponting (Kolkata Knight Riders teammate in 2008) when I had a phone call from Chris Cairns,” McCullum said. “He said he had a business proposition for me.” “I was shocked,” McCullum said. “I sort of thought he may have been joking but was then was quickly aware he wasn’t joking,” McCullum added.
McCullum further said that Cairns went on to say, “everyone else was doing it in world cricket”, indicating towards New Zealand teammates Lou Vincent and Daryl Tuffey. As per McCullum, Cairns also told him that Daniel Vettori and Jacob Oram won’t agree to spot fix the games as “they wouldn’t have the balls to do it”.
McCullum also added that he was given detailed explanations by Cairns about the theory of spot fixing in the latter’s hotel room. McCullum said that he was offered US$70,000 to $180,000 per spot-fix. McCullum then gave a weird answer to Ricky Ponting, when asked about his sudden meeting. “I wish I had said no straight away but I couldn’t comprehend that Chris would put me in a position where he would risk my future in the game,” McCullum said. “I didn’t want it to be true. He was someone I still considered a friend.”
“I didn’t want to rat on him, for want of a better term. He said ‘remember this conversation never happened’. “I felt he was a hero and I didn’t feel threatened by him or his approaches. I thought I could deal with it without creating an issue. I wasn’t as understanding of the rules as I am now.”
The New Zealand skipper felt the need to report about Cairns to the Anti Corruption Unit after a briefing in Bangladesh in 2011. “I had previously mentioned the approach to Daniel Vettori and Kyle Mills,” said McCullum. ”I said after that meeting in Bangladesh to Daniel that I should report the approach, he agreed.”