ICC to make match-fixing findings open

The ICC on Saturday said it is close to announcing its findings in a match-fixing case, which shook the game after New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum’s testimony in the matter was leaked to the media.

The furore started after McCullum’s statement to the ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) was leaked to the media.

In that statement, McCullum claimed that he was unsuccessfully approached for match-fixing by a top player, who has been identified merely as ‘Player X’, in 2008.

Speculation is rife that ‘Player X’ is none other than McCullum’s former New Zealand team-mate Chris Cairns, who has vehemently denied the charge. “We are at the end of the investigation. It is close to being finalised and I’m sure Chris Cairns will be spoken to and given an opportunity to put his side of the story,” ICC CEO Dave Richardson said.

“The investigations that we are talking about are at an advanced stage and should be tied up a lot sooner than that. Having said that, I’ve seen how when law enforcement agencies are involved it does take some time,” he added.

Reports here claim that Cairns on Saturday was to leave for London to meet ICC ACSU officials and the Metropolitan Police.

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