Former New Zealand cricketer Daryl Tuffey "unequivocally" denies allegations he has been involved in match or spot fixing.
Tuffey, one of three players, along with Lou Vincent and Chris Cairns who was identified by the New Zealand Herald late last year as being under investigation by the International Cricket Council, issued a statement today.
Tuffey said, through his lawyers, Kennedys in Sydney, that he regarded allegations as "the most serious kind".
"Since the commencement of this matter earlier this year to date Mr Tuffey or his lawyers have not been presented with a single scintilla of evidence to substantiate these claims," the statement read.
"Mr Tuffey is naturally frustrated by the unsubstantiated attacks on his good name levelled by a few self-interested individuals."
The statement added Tuffey, a fast-medium bowler who played 26 tests and 94 ODIs between 1999-00 and 2010-11 and spent time playing in the Indian Cricket League, remains committed to continuing to cooperate with authorities and "is confident that he will ultimately be cleared of any wrong doing".
The statement added that Tuffey will take "whatever steps are necessary" to protect his reputation and will not hesitate to take legal action against those responsible for publishing false or defamatory material concerning him.