Cricket 2022: Chris Cairns opens up on “horrendous” match-fixing trials

New Zealand cricket great Chris Cairns has opened up on the “horrific” match-fixing ordeal that has overshadowed his illustrious career.

New Zealand cricket great Chris Cairns feels he can speak openly about the pain of match-fixing allegations made against him now that he has survived multiple health problems.

The former handyman first spoke publicly on Monday about the judicial battles to clear his name from 2012 to 2015.

Interviewed on a podcast hosted by a media company NZMECairns claimed that the high-profile trials had consumed his life and that he had harbored “anger and animosity” after examining his credibility and effectively destroying his career, even though he was never found guilty.

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The 51-year-old’s attitude has changed since then hit a heart attack last August that brought him to life.

He later became paralyzed from the waist down after suffering a stroke during one of four open heart surgeries.

In February, he revealed that he had been diagnosed with bowel cancer.

Canberra-based Cairns told the podcast that the health battles had a bright side, helping clear his mind of the dark feelings that had haunted him since 2015.

“I harbored a lot of anger and frustration, but I endured it in silence. I dug my hole in Australia and moved on with my life … but I was angry, “she said.

“But now, after the last seven months, it’s so far in my thoughts. It is not a priority. It feels like another time, another place.

“Maybe during that time (match-fixing rehearsals) they built the steel in me that allowed me to survive what I went through, because in that moment it was about survival. I was on my own, chosen for the role of the villain. , that was my role.

“Building that resilience, who can say it wasn’t a factor that helped me fight.”

In March 2012, Cairns successfully sued former Indian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi for defamation after Modi claimed on Twitter that the New Zealander had been involved in match-fixing in 2008. Cairns won costs and damages.

The Metropolitan Police subsequently announced allegations of perjury and perversion of the course of justice against Cairns, resulting from the Modi libel trial.

He put him under the international blowtorch for eight weeks at the London High Court in late 2015. He would eventually be acquitted.

Despite losing all cricket-related work following a trial he described as “horrendous”, Cairns says he does not regret taking action against Modi.

“No, you have to stand up for what you believe in. Lalit did her homework by shooting that (tweet), “Cairns said.

“He was the most influential name in the game of cricket and the unintended consequence of that set things in motion. If you had asked me that question in July of last year, I know there would have been a different answer.”

The Cairns father-of-five said he holds no grudges against former international teammates Brendon McCullum and Lou Vincent, who were among those to testify against him.

Son of another former international handyman, Lance Cairns, he is in seventh place among the winners of the New Zealand test (218) and 13th among scorers (3,320).

Originally published as Cricket great Chris Cairns opens up on “horrendous” match-fixing trials