Even though he had not been approached by the ICC or his national cricket body, the Black Caps legend was named in reports among three former Test players. 

“Yet I am named around the world as one of three NZ cricket players involved in it,” he wrote in the Sunday Star-Times.

“But until I am notified by the ICC that I am involved in this investigation, how are media around the world allowed to print such an incorrect account of the current facts?”

Just as he was a fierce competitor on the field, 43-year-old Cairns isn’t afraid of a fight off it to protect his good name. 

He won a libel case last year against the former Indian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi, who accused Cairns of match-fixing on Twitter.

Modi was found guilty of misconduct and was removed from his position and given a lifetime ban by the BCCI, Indian cricket’s governing body.

Cairns’ name – the surnamed of which is shared with his cricketing champion father Lance – was cleared in the High Court in London. 

“Can you begin to imagine how sickening it feels to be the subject of yet more rumour and press speculation now as I am embarking on a media career that is potentially in ruins?” he wrote.

Cairns has stated he’s an open book should the cricketing bodies wish to talk to him.

“Of course I want this garbage to stop, and stop quickly,” he said. “But I never hid on the cricket field and I’m not hiding now.”

“Hello International Cricket Council, I am not a cheat and you know where to find me.”

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