Cricket: Cairns' lawyer arrested

By Dylan Cleaver, Andrew Alderson

Chris Cairns. Photo / Getty Images
Chris Cairns. Photo / Getty Images

Chris Cairns has acknowledged for the first time he is now under investigation from the Metropolitan Police and the International Cricket Council anti-corruption unit.

The news comes as Cairns seeks new legal counsel after the arrest of his former lawyer Andrew Fitch-Holland in London on suspicion of perverting the course of justice in relation to a libel case involving Cairns and the former boss of the Indian Premier League Lalit Modi, who, in 2009, accused the former New Zealand allrounder of match-fixing.

Cairns won the case.

"I have had contact from the [Metropolitan] police and the ICC [International Cricket Council anti-corruption unit], and I will be engaging with them further in the coming days and weeks," Cairns said.

"I still don't have details re: the nature of the inquiry but I will be happy for the authorities to resolve this once and for all.

"I am seeking legal counsel re: the next step. We're unsure how to get advice from here.

We'll look at options in the UK and New Zealand. In light of everything that's occurring I still don't know what we're [the police and ICC] talking about."

Cairns said he had concerns about how he would earn an income now payments from Sky Television had ceased.

"It's a good question. I have been unable to work since this broke and was supported by Sky over the course of the summer. From a financial aspect it's stressful. I'd like some light to be shone on where this is going. I've got nothing to hide. I'll go through whatever process is required; but there's been a lack of process over four months."

Regarding Fitch-Holland's arrest, Cairns said it would be inappropriate to comment on someone else's legal situation.

"We need to respect the process and keep an open mind to allow it to play out. I haven't spoken to him [Fitch-Holland]. All I can do is reiterate how complex these things are.

The Metropolitan Police told the Herald that: "A 49-year-old man has this afternoon, Wednesday 26 March, attended a central London police station where he has been arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice in relation to a civil case heard at the High Court. He remains in custody at this time."

Fitch-Holland's house is being searched.

The Herald understands members of the Metropolitan Police are in New Zealand and possibly Australia, furthering the inquiry. When asked if they have officers in New Zealand and Australia a Scotland Yard spokesman said "we cannot comment for operational reasons".

It was revealed in December that Cairns was one of three former New Zealand cricketers, along with Lou Vincent and Daryl Tuffey, being investigated by the ICC's anti-corruption unit in relation to suspicion of match and spot-fixing in more than one country.

The three played together for the Chandigarh Lions in the short-lived Indian Cricket League.

Vincent and Tuffey have confirmed they are co-operating with the investigation.
Modi could not be reached for comment.

A New Zealand Cricket spokeswoman said the governing body would comment once the situation had unfolded further and they had a chance to gather more information.

Last month, Cairns said his life was in limbo while the investigation continued, and that he had still to be contacted by any relevant authorities.

Match-fixing investigation timeline
Dec 5: Trio of cricketers under investigation revealed
Dec 5: 'My heart sank' - Cairns
Dec 6: Cairns' legal team strikes back
Dec 8: Fixing won't die off - Modi
Dec 9: Cairns: I'm still in the dark
Dec 14: ICC probes Aces match in South Africa
Feb 9: Cairns hits back
Feb 10: 'Who's putting this in the media?' - Cairns
Feb 16: Experts say loss of income sparks Cairns counter
Feb 27: Vincent admits approach by bookmaker

- NZ Herald

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