The world has changed dramatically for former New Zealand star all-rounder Chris Cairns who now has to settle for day jobs in order to make two ends meet. He has no other choice but to clean shelters of bus in order to provide daily expenses for his family.
This fall from grace is attributed to his dubious activities in match-fixing during IPL. Cairns is, as it stands, under investigation by British police for an alleged involvement in match-fixing racket.
As per report in the New Zealand Herlad, the 44-year-old Kiwi is busy cleaning bus shelters and driving trucks for a meagre 17-dollar-an-hour wage. The former cricketer is now working with the Auckland council, who provides him his day job of driving trucks.
Cairns’ former teammate and fast bowler Dion Nash said: “He (Cairns) is trying really hard and supporting his family the best way he can. He’s not moping around, he’s showing guts and doing hard work by cleaning bus shelters.”
Nash, on allegations of fixing, said: “All I can do is support him, but as a friend it is really hard to watch his name being dragged through the mud with no conclusion in sight. He’s a champion guy and he will come through this stronger.”
Meanwhile, Cairns’ wife Mel Crosser, in an interview to women’s magazine, said: “He has no choice, he has to provide for his family. We have bills to pay like everyone else. We don’t own a house, we’re paying rent and getting by is a struggle.”
Cairns is widely regarded as one of the finest all-rounder game has produced. He played 62 Test matches for New Zealand scoring 3,320 runs with five centuries at an average of 33.5. He also took 218 wickets at 29.4. His one day record stands at: 4.950 runs and 201 wickets in 215 OIDs.