3 Jul 2014

Cairns still waiting

11:39 am on 3 July 2014
Former Black Cap Chris Cairns

Former Black Cap Chris Cairns. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The former New Zealand cricket international Chris Cairns will have to wait until September to learn whether he'll be prosecuted over match-fixing allegations, according to London's Telegraph newspaper.

The Telegraph is reporting files from the investigation by the Metropolitan police have been passed to the Crown Prosecution Service, which will now decide whether or not to charge Cairns.

Lou Vincent, a former teamate of Cairns, was banned from cricket for life yesterday and issued a lengthy apology for match-fixing.

Vincent admitted 18 breaches of match-fixing regulations while playing for Sussex in the English county competition between 2008 and 2011.

Cairns has consistently denied allegations that he was involved in cricket corruption.

He brought, and won, a libel suit against Lalit Modi, the former commissioner of the Indian Premier League.

The Telegraph says the England Cricket Board's successful prosecution of Vincent has not made it more eager to pursue Cairns, who Vincent alleges approached him about fixing a match in England during 2008.

The enormous expense of initiating legal proceedings, which the ECB discovered with the recent Danish Kaneria and Mervyn Westfield case, means that the organisation is wary of taking the lead unless guilt is obvious.