Former New Zealand star Chris Cairns will have to wait a year before going to trial for perjury, according to BBC Sport.
The case, which has embroiled Cairns’s former team mate Lou Vincent, who admitted to spot fixing earlier this year, has been ongoing for almost a year. The world of cricket has certainly fallen out of love with Cairns, who was accused of match-fixing in 2012, before later being rewarded £90,000 in damages after suing Indian Premier League founder Lalit Modi for the accusations.
Series of allegations
Cairns, now 44, played over 200 ODIs and 62 Tests for his country, but is now facing a barrage of allegations from former team mates.
Current Kiwis captain Brendon McCullum has revealed he will testify against Cairns in the trial, and he could be joined by up to 12 other big names. McCullum has spoken in the past of his obligations as a cricketer, though it is unfortunate that a case involving former players gives the current crop such a bad name.
New Zealand, who South Africa star AB de Villiers recently tipped as dark horses for the 2015 World Cup, have had a dark cloud hanging over them since questions were first raised about Cairns over two years ago.
Cairns, meanwhile, told Fairfax Media that he wants “an opportunity to face my accusers in an open form…so that I can clear my name once and for all”, something that the trial will give him.
The trial has already been delayed because not enough cricketers were available to testify, but it will now go ahead in October 2015. He has been released on bail until then, though he will return to Southwark Crown Court in January for a plea and case management.
One of his witnesses at the Modi trial in 2012, Andrew Fitch-Holland, also appeared, having been charged with perverting the course of justice.
In a further statement, Cairns added: “Having been to court before, I know what lies ahead and how gruelling it will be and how tough it is on my family – but I have nothing to hide and I will do whatever it takes to once again prove my innocence.”
Match-fixing cases do not look to be going away any time soon, but once this trial is out the way, New Zealand will have taken a big step towards moving on.