Auckland: Former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns went on the front foot over ongoing match-fixing allegations on Sunday, and rounded on former teammates and high-profile officials, including Richard Hadlee.
He demanded his accusers produce details of what he is alleged to have done, and expressed disappointment that the NZC, of which Hadlee is a member, had apparently turned their back on him.
Cairns is one of three former New Zealand players, along with Daryl Tuffey and Lou Vincent, tied to an ICC match-fixing probe. But 10 weeks after the ICC confirmed the investigation, Cairns said no one had approached him.
“Surely there should be some onus on the ICC or other governing bodies to come forward and present some reliable evidence to justify the investigation,” he said.
“The current rumour and speculation, which has been widely reported around the world, is doing untold damage.”
“The thing that really irks me with New Zealand Cricket is that from day one I’ve had the door shut in my face ... how would Sir Richard (Hadlee) feel having his family name, the Hadlee name, drawn through the mud as I’ve had it.”
Cairns also questioned whether other board members Martin Snedden, a lawyer, and successful businessman Geoff Allott, would accept the way he had been treated.