Ex-Kiwi captain backs 'embattled' Cairns and Co over 'match fixing' allegations
Former New Zealand captain and ex-selector Dion Nash has come out in support of former player Chris Cairns, and his former teammates Daryl Tuffey and Lou Vincent and said that he believes the cricket fraternity have 'hung Cairns out to dry'.
In December, the trio's names were linked to an investigation into match-fixing by the ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit, although nothing official has been sighted since, nor have prominent parties in the New Zealand game voiced great concern at the players' plight.
According to Stuff.co.nz, Nash is disappointed by the 'deafening silence' of people of his ilk over publicly backing Cairns, Tuffey and Vincent, saying that it is hard to see Cairns, with whom he has played, go through this current dilemma.
Stating that as a cricket community, New Zealand needs to be doing more for the trio, Nash said that the country has allowed rumour an innuendo and the gossip-machine to take over and has behaved like a bunch of gossiping people, adding that it feels that the cricket world, and New Zealand in particular, has turned their backs on the trio.
Nash further said that he believes Cairns' protestations of innocence, adding that he would hate to be in the same situation as the trio, which now feels like a smear campaign against them.
(Posted on 11-02-2014)