Cairns reiterates 'dark forces' behind allegations

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Former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns has maintained innocence in an ongoing investigation into spot- and match-fixing by the International Cricket Council's anti-corruption and security unit.

Former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns has maintained innocence in an ongoing investigation into spot- and match-fixing by the International Cricket Council's anti-corruption and security unit.

Cairns has been implicated in the testimonies of current captain Brendon McCullum and erstwhile batsman Lou Vincent. He has, however, denied the allegations.

"Each and every allegation against me that I have cheated at cricket or attempted to induce others to cheat at cricket is false," he said on Friday.

"I find the manner in which this whole matter has progressed and the limited information that has been provided to me until very recently to be very disturbing.

"Knowing what I now know of these allegations against me, I find the situation truly absurd, bizarre and scary."

Cairns confirmed ex-skippers Stephen Fleming and Daniel Vettori and seamer Kyle Mills have given evidence to the inquiry, too.

"These three ex- or current New Zealand players have made no direct accusation against me," he added.

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