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NZ skipper latest to speak in spot-fixing scandal

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New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum is the latest to link teammate Daryl Tuffey to match-fixing allegations at the trial of former Test all-rounder Chris Cairns in London.

Cairns faces charges in relation to a 2012 libel case, including one of perjury and one of perverting the course of justice by trying to get former teammate Lou Vincent to provide a false statement.

Tuffey, who was among those who gave evidence in support of Cairns in the libel case, has not been called as a witness for the current trial.

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Giving evidence at Southwark Crown Court on Thursday, McCullum said Cairns approached him about match fixing in 2008, and mentioned others who already worked for him.

“He said that he had a team working for him, which intrigued me as well, and he told me it was Lou Vincent and Daryl Tuffey [both former NZ cricketers],” McCullum told the court.

Cairns’s lawyer Orlando Pownall QC questioned why McCullum, knowing that, was content to keep playing in the national side with Tuffey.

“According to you, you had someone in you midst who was alleged to be a cheat, and you did nothing,” Mr Pownall said.

McCullum replied: “I didn’t believe that he was cheating when he was playing for us.”

McCullum details how he was propositioned

In a hotel suite in India, Cairns asked a then 26-year-old McCullum to match fix before telling him “this conversation never happened”, the court told.

McCullum told the trial at Southwark Crown Court he was at a bar in India with former Australian captain Ricky Ponting in 2008 when he got a call from Cairns wanting to discuss a “business proposition” and went to meet him at his hotel.

“I was expecting something legitimate, he’d been a businessman beforehand,” McCullum said.

“I was shocked. I sort of thought he may have been joking, but then I quickly became aware he wasn’t joking.”

Chris Cairns
Cairns allegedly told McCullum to hide the money in Dubair properties to hide the fixing. Photo: Getty

McCullum said Cairns was relaxed as he told him he would provide between $US70,000 ($A95,785.44) and $US180,000 ($A246,000) per game for McCullum to fix and had a way to get money back to New Zealand without being questioned.

“He started saying everyone else was doing it in the world of cricket, all the ‘big boys’ were doing it,” McCullum said.

“I wish I had of said no straight away, but I couldn’t comprehend that Chris would put me in a position where he’d risk my future in the game.”

Before McCullum left the hotel room, Cairns said: “And remember, this conversation never happened,” McCullum told the court.

McCullum said he told Cairns in a subsequent phone call that he did not want to be involved, and when asked again several weeks later told him he had not changed his mind.

Cairns also explained how to get the money back to New Zealand, McCullum said.

He suggested buying an apartment in Dubai, keeping it for two years, then selling it.

The trial is expected to last until as late as November 20.

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