27 Mar 2014

Cairns confirms match-fixing probe

9:56 pm on 27 March 2014

Former New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns has confirmed that police have contacted him over allegations of match-fixing.

In 2012, Cairns won a libel trial against Indian cricket powerbroker Lalit Modi over claims of corruption in the now-defunct Indian Cricket League.

Chris Cairns.

Chris Cairns. Photo: AFP

In December last year Cairns, along with two former Black Caps including Lou Vincent, was named in media reports as being subject to an International Cricket Council investigation over allegations of match-fixing.

Cairns has repeatedly complained that neither the ICC nor police have spoken to him about the matter. On Thursday, he told Television New Zealand's One News that local officers and members of Britain's Metropolitan Police visited him on Wednesday.

"It was agreed upon the fact that once we engage legal counsel from our side, then we'll be back in touch."

Cairns says he has nothing to hide, but is pleased authorities are finally in touch so the matter can be resolved once and for all. He says he has no detail about the nature of the inquiry.

New Zealand Cricket says it will be contacting the ICC and British police to get an update on the investigation.

Meanwhile, a lawyer who appeared as a witness for the libel trial against Modi has been arrested by police in London. The Telegraph newspaper says Andrew Fitch-Holland has been arrested and remains in custody.

The Metropolitan Police would only confirm that a 49-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.