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NZ Test skipper Brendon McCullum prepares to face public after match-fixing testimony leaked

Canberra Times logo Canberra Times 21/05/2014 Mark Geenty
The eye of the storm: Brendon McCullum will front the media on Thursday. © AP The eye of the storm: Brendon McCullum will front the media on Thursday.

It was another day, another denial in cricket's match-fixing saga as New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum prepares to go public in the wake of his leaked testimony.

McCullum is scheduled to return to Christchurch from India on Thursday morning for the birth of his third child, and will front a press conference after his written statement to International Cricket Council anti-corruption (ACSU) investigators was leaked. In it, McCullum reportedly alleged former teammate Chris Cairns twice approached him to fix matches in 2008, which he rebuffed. McCullum is understood to have given evidence in 2011 and 2013.

Cairns proclaimed his innocence and vowed to clear his name in two statements this week, and Daryl Tuffey, who was also named in December as being under investigation by the ACSU, followed suit on Wednesday.

Sydney-based former international Tuffey broke his silence via a statement from his legal team, issuing an unequivocal denial of any involvement in match fixing.

''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 reads.

''Mr Tuffey is naturally frustrated by the unsubstantiated attacks on his good name levelled by a few self-interested individuals. He does, however, remain committed to continued co-operation with the authorities regarding this matter and is confident that he will ultimately be cleared of any wrongdoing.''

The ICC also broke its silence on Wednesday as chief executive Dave Richardson expressed ''deep regrets'' that McCullum's confidential statement was made public.

It is understood ICC employees were cleared of leaking, but suspicion fell on some ICC member nations who were privy to the statements as part of the wide-ranging investigation across several jurisdictions.

"We are taking all steps available to us to urgently investigate how certain information in the form of statements has come to find its way into the media, so that we can provide reassurances to the stakeholders within the sport so that they can continue to place their trust in the hands of the ACSU,'' said Richardson, emphasising McCullum was not under investigation.

Meanwhile, the leaks continued as more details of Lou Vincent's involvement in fixing emerged.

One News in New Zealand reported Vincent's ex-wife, Elly Riley, told investigators how she and her then husband drove to a Birmingham laundrette in 2008 to collect $US50,000 ($54,000) in cash.

''I just sat in the car and put a hoodie over my head because I was so worried and scared,'' she told ACSU investigators. "Lou went into a laundrette and came out with a black ruck bag and the cash was in that.''

Riley's explosive 10-page statement, taken in October, alleged Cairns was a match-fixing ringleader in the Indian Cricket League, and later in English county cricket. She testified she confronted Cairns in 2008, but he laughed it off and said no one would get caught.

More evidence from Riley stated Vincent called her in 2012 after their divorce.

''Lou phoned and asked me to pick up some money for him," she said. "I think it was nine or 10 thousand pounds''.

She believed it was proceeds from the sale of a van Vincent had.

''Lou replied, 'Elly you know what I mean', and immediately I realised that the money was related to match fixing,'' she said.

Riley said in evidence she refused after she was contacted by a person called Bawa from Birmingham who would meet her in a car park near her home.

''I was angry that I'd been asked to do this, because you don't know who you're dealing with," she said. "I've got children and I don't want to be driving out to dodgy car parks to pick up cash.''

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