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Chris Cairns says Brendon McCullum should stop talking about him

Shyam Sunder
542   //    20 Oct 2016, 13:46 IST
Brendon McCullum claimed Chris Cairns approached him regarding match-fixing in 2008

Former New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns has hit out at his former teammate and close friend, Brendon McCullum for digging up match-fixing allegations.

McCullum who released his autobiography - "Brendon McCullum - Declared" on Thursday, revealed several details regarding his career and personal life. In an interview to a local news channel in New Zealand on Wednesday, the former New Zealand captain said that he doesn't regret the fact that he testified against Chris Cairns.

In response to this, Cairns said that he was pretty disappointed with McCullum's comments, during a media interaction on Thursday. He went on to say that it was time for McCullum to stop talking about him.

Also read: Brendon McCullum says he will never forgive Chris Cairns

Cairns was charged with perjury and perverting the course of justice after he successfully sued Lalit Modi for libel in the high court in 2012, when the ex-Indian cricket chief had written a tweet about Cairns in 2010.

However, after nine weeks and evidence from some players and officials in cricket, including McCullum, the perjury trial of the former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns concluded and the 45-year-old was acquitted of all charges in December 2015.

While trying to prove his innocence, Cairns said that McCullum’s theory always had some inconsistencies and it reflected in his book as well. He claimed that McCullum had omitted a lot of events regarding the trials and believed that it was due to him realising his mistake.

Also read: 5 shocking revelations that have come up in the Chris Cairns perjury trial - Slide 1 of 5 

Cairns said that he had moved on from his bitter experience and wished that Brendon would too. "I am trying to move on with my life and I suggest Brendon does the same. I hope he finds peace in his retirement, and I hope for his sake, that he never has to go through what I did in mine," he was quoted in New Zealand Herald.

It is reported that McCullum has dedicated five chapters of his autobiography on aspects of his allegations against Cairns, from reporting the alleged approach to fix a match, to the lead up to the trial, giving evidence in court, and the subsequent fallout. 

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