My heart sank: Chris Cairns

Wellington, Dec 5 : Ex-New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns has said his 'heart sank' when he came to know about the allegations of match fixing against him.

"I'm unsure. With regards to what's happened I've said I've been through a very arduous process in England last year, that's on record, and I stand by that, and with regards to what's occurred now, I just like to reiterate the fact that I've spoken to no body from any of those anti-corruption or ICC," Cairns was quoted as saying to The New Zealand Herald.

According to reports, three New Zealand cricketers, Lou Vincent, Daryl Tuffey and Cairns, are being investigated by the International Cricket Council (ICC) over their role in match fixing.

"The International Cricket Council anti-corruption panel is believed to be looking at matches involving New Zealand players that took place in India, South Africa and England, raising the possibility that criminal charges could follow if any are found guilty," The New Zealand Herald reported on Thursday.

Speaking on the investigation, the ICC earlier said in a statement, "Following the publication of an article in a leading New Zealand newspaper earlier today in which it is alleged that a small number of former New Zealand cricketers had engaged in fixing activity in historic cricket matches and were being investigated by the ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU), the ICC confirms that it has indeed been working closely over the past few months with its colleagues in the domestic anti-corruption units of Member Boards to investigate these and related matters."

"The ICC and all of its Members maintain a zero-tolerance attitude towards corruption in the sport, and the ACSU will continue to collaborate with relevant individuals in order to complete its investigation process. Naturally, as the investigation remains ongoing and nobody has been charged with any offence, no further comment will be made by the ICC or by NZC," the cricket body said.

The New Zealand Cricket CEO David White said no current New Zealand players are being investigated by the ICC.

He said NZC was aware of ICC"s investigation.

"New Zealand Cricket is aware the International Cricket Council is investigating a small number of former New Zealand cricketers. We have been aware of this investigation for a number of months and we are shocked and surprised by the allegations. We support the ICC's investigation as corruption has no place in our sport," White said in a statement.

"However, I would like to clarify a number of matters. Firstly, no current New Zealand players are being investigated. No games played in New Zealand are being investigated. And lastly, no matches under New Zealand Cricket's jurisdiction are being investigated. Please respect this is an ongoing ICC investigation. I simply cannot comment further," he said.

The ICC and the NZC have refused to identify the cricketers.

--IBNS (Posted on 06-12-2013)

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