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Cairns denies being 'Player X' in fixing probe

Chris Cairns says he is not 'Player X' named by Vincent, McCullum in fixing probe

Cairns denies being 'Player X' in fixing probe

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."