Shocked by testimony leak but McCullum has faith in ICC

Shocked by testimony leak but McCullum has faith in ICC

Shocked by testimony leak but McCullum has faith in ICC

Brendon McCullum today said he was left "shocked" and "disappointed" by the leak of his testimony in a match-fixing case but the New Zealand captain still has faith in the ICC and will continue to assist the governing body's investigation.

Back in the country to be with his wife during the birth of his third child, McCullum broke his silence on the controversy that followed the leak of his testimony to the ICC which stirred up a storm in international cricket.

In his leaked testimony to the ICC, McCullum had admitted to being approached to fix a match during New Zealand's 2008 tour of England and the Indian Premier League by a former cricketer identified merely as 'Player X'.

"Let me be clear, I have never ever fixed a cricket match. I am 100 per cent behind the fight against corruption in the sport," he said at a press conference here.

The ICC is currently probing how the testimonies of McCullum and his former teammate Lou Vincent, who is also being investigated for corruption, were leaked to the media.

"I gave my testimony to the ICC in good faith so I was shocked when I read it in the media," McCullum said.

"I hope it does not stop others coming forward in the future as all players need to play their part in stamping out corruption," he added.

Speculation is rife that 'Player X' is none other than former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns, who has, however, refuted such reports.

McCullum, who has been given an all clear by the ICC, said he will continue to offer his support to the governing body's probe into corruption and encourage others to do the same.

"There's still a long way to go, I think," he said. 

"Obviously it has been a number of years but in the next little while will probably be quite tough as well, but my role in the investigation is ongoing, so I have to continue to go down that route.

"If one of the players found themselves in the same situation I would certainly encourage them to go down the same route that I have taken," McCullum added.

The batsman, who was busy with his IPL commitments for Chennai Super Kings this season, said it has been tough to deal with the unwanted attention he got following the leak but the anticipation for the birth of his child has kept him going.

"It's stressful but it's been ongoing for a while now from a family point of view it's exciting," he said.

"I am looking forward to tomorrow obviously. That is going to be quite stressful once our third child arrives but the other stuff has been ongoing for a while and we've learnt to deal with it."

New Zealand cricket chief executive David White also backed McCullum while expressing his disappointment at the turn of events.