WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns says current New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has lied if he has named him to anti-corruption authorities as the former star player who attempted to lure McCullum into match-fixing.
Cairns issued a statement Monday saying he believes he is the figure identified only as "Player X" who was named by McCullum and former New Zealand test batsman Lou Vincent as a ringleader of fixing activities.
McCullum's testimony to the International Cricket Council's anti-corruption unit was leaked on Sunday to a British newspaper. The Daily Mail said McCullum told investigators he was twice approached in 2008 by a player he considered a friend and hero and invited to become involved in fixing.
Cairns said "I believe it is being alleged that I am that player."