Cairns flies to UK to meet London police

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Former New Zealand cricket Chris Cairns is in the UK to meet with London police about the match fixing allegations he's being investigated for, and will also meet with the ICC's anti-corruption unit (ACSU).

Former New Zealand cricket Chris Cairns is in the UK to meet with London police about the match fixing allegations he's being investigated for, and will also meet with the ICC's anti-corruption unit (ACSU).

Cairns is being accused of being 'Player X' after allegations made by Lou Vincent and Brendon McCullum, the former charged with 14 counts of fixing by the ECB and the latter giving testimony of being approached.

McCullum, New Zealand's captain, said a former Kiwi player had approached him twice in 2008 to fix games. Cairns has denied the allegations strongly, and flew to the UK on Saturday to conduct interviews.

Cairns' lawyer, Aaron Lloyd, told the <i>New Zealand Herald</i>: "Chris Cairns is meeting with the Met police to conclude the interview he started and is also hoping to meet with the ICC anti-corruption unit,"

ICC chief Dave Richardson has meanwhile said that the investigation, from the ICC's side at least, is nearly at an end. A leak from the ICC was the only reason anyone even found out about McCullum's testimony.

Richardson told <i>Radio Sport</i>: "We are at the end of the investigation. It is close to being finalised and I'm sure Chris Cairns will be spoken to and given an opportunity to put his side of the story.

"Although part of it does involve a police investigation in the UK, which I can't really vouch for as to when that will be finalised, but certainly from our perspective the investigations are close to finality and hopefully we should be making announcements pretty soon."

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