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McCullum stands fixing evidence against Cairns

Brendon McCullum said on Monday he stood by the evidence he gave against New Zealand great Chris Cairns as he urged the International Cricket Council to be more “professional” in dealing with players alleging match-fixing.

Former New Zealand captain McCullum, delivering the MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture at Lord’s, also questioned whether handing out life bans to players such as former team-mate Lou Vincent, who acknowledged their wrongdoing, would encourage others to come forward.

McCullum, then still an active international cricketer, gave evidence against Cairns in a perjury trial in London which ended with the acquittal of the former all-rounder in November last year.

Charges were brought against Cairns after he sued Indian Premier League chairman Lalit Modi for libel in 2012 over a 2010 tweet in which the administrator accused him of match-fixing.

McCullum, as he had done in court, said “former hero” Cairns had approached him to fix matches – allegations Cairns denies.

“I think it is appropriate, standing here at ‘the Home of Cricket’ (Lord’s), to confirm that I stand by everything said in my statements and the evidence I gave at Southwark Crown Court,” McCullum, 34, said.

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