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Chris Cairns denied receiving more than
$US250,000 ($NZ379,000) from a diamond
dealer in D ubai as payments for fixing games
of cricket, a court has heard.
In his second day on the witness stand at
Southwark Crown Court, during which
there several tense exchanges between him
and the prosecutor, Cairns said the payments
were negotiated into his contract with Vijay
Dimon, a diamond trading company owned
by the Shah family from India, where he was
seeking to build a career beyond cricket.
Cairns, 45, explained that he was paid
$US100,000 to relocate to Dubai, to pay a
deposit and a year’s rent in advance, as well
as two further payments of $US75,000. This
was a retainer for Cairns to work in public
relations for Vijay Dimon as an ambassador
at private functions, working with clients and
eventually move into handling diamonds as
Asked by Sasha Wass QC to explain how
many speeches he had given, or how often
he visited the office in D ubai, Cairns said he
could not remember those details but Vishal
Shah “had me on call, if you like”.
“He could choose to use me no times,
he could choose to use me 50 times ... The
main attraction for Vishal was the Indian
connection. If I was there, it was a good
thing,” Cairns said, referring his presence at
He had previously explained he was well-
known in India for his cricketing prowess.
Cairns accepted Vijay Dimon paid for
the flights of Cairns, Daryl Tuffey and Lou
Vincent for a holiday in D ubai. This trip
was described by Wass as a reward from the
“paymaster” of the match-fixing trio at the
Chandigarh Lions in the Indian Cricket
Cairns denied this. Asked why he did
not ask the Shah family to corroborate the
legitimacy of his employment as a witness
at the trial, Cairns said his reputation was
“toxic”. They had declined and he understood
why people did not want to support him.
Wass had earlier started her cross-
examination by asking Cairns if he was a
“most unfortunate individual” who was falsely
accused of match-fixing “not once, not twice,
but three times”.
The first occasion was Cairns being
dismissed from the ICL for match-fixing
allegations, Wass said, according to the
evidence of Andrew Hall yesterday.
The second was the High Court libel case
against Lalit Modi in 2012 and the third
occasion was the current trial on charges of
perjury and per verting the course of justice.
Cairns responded that Andrew Hall, who
played with him for the Chandigarh Lions,
omitted the match-fixing allegation from his
statement in support of Modi in the 2012
“He said it yesterday,” Wass said, “and it’s
extremely damaging to your case.”
Cairns replied: “Not to my case, but to the
Wass then asked: “Do you agree that
perfectly reasonable sane people do not make
up false allegations without a motive?”
That would be an opinion, said Cairns, and
he was there to give evidence.
Cairns pointed out he won the libel case
against Modi, following the tweet which he
described as a “death sentence” in the world
of cricket. He wanted an apology, not money,
in order to restore his reputation built up
over 17 years which had been destroyed in a
The jury was also told about an e-mail sent
between investigators at the International
Cricket Council titled “tainted ICL players”.
The name of Chris Cairns, alongside the
words “arranged match fixing”, was among a
list of 11 players supplied by Howard Beer,
the security manager for the Indian Cricket
League. “ How on earth did your name get on
that list?” Wass asked.
Cairns said Justice Bean, the judge at the
libel trial in 2012, was not “overly flattering”
of Beer’s work. “ I’m not asking Mr Justice
Bean questions, I’m asking you questions,”
He agreed that Beer had “blackened” his
name and the allegation was not fair, or true.
Wass also asked why Vincent would falsely
implicate Cairns in match-fixing. Cairns
referred to the evidence of Vincent ’s former
wife Ellie Riley. She told the jury Vincent
told her that handing over a “ big scalp” to the
ICC would help him escape punishment for
his own corrupt activity.
The QC asked Cairns to summarise his
“conspiracy theory”, which she suggested
included Vincent confessing to more match-
fixing to falsely implicate Cairns in order to
escape punishment for other match-fixing. “ I
don’t want to get on a soapbox,” Cairns said.
Two witnesses, Phil Hayes and Steve
Pearson, told the court about separate
confessions from L ou Vincent which
included his account of a six and a four he
“ You mean the good shot to long on and
the late cut? The two good shots,” Cairns said.
“The account Lou gave of those two shots,
is incorrect, they were not mistakes.”
If so, Wass suggested Vincent was an
“extremely clever young man” who confessed
to two friends to lay the “foundations very
well, to set you up”, two years before he went
to the authorities.
The prosecutor then moved on to Brendon
McCullum’s evidence, whom she suggested
Cairns tried to recruit after realising Vincent
was liability in his match-fixing ring. Cairns
denied this and said the meeting with
McCullum in Kolkata was an “innocent
conversation”, although he could not recall
the exact business proposal.
“Are you referring to his first, second or
third statement,” asked Cairns, referring
to discrepancies in McCullum’s different
If it was an innocent conversation, Wass
asked why McCullum would give false
evidence in court to “stitch you up”. “ Brendon
is doing what is best for Brendon,” Cairns
He did not elaborate on what Wass
described as a “conspiracy theory”, in which
three people gave direct evidence of match-
fixing and six others were indirect witnesses.
Cairns said he would “stick to the rules” and
give evidence, rather than a speech, and his
lawyer, Orlando Pownall QC, would make
submissions on his behalf.
Under further questioning by Pownall,
Cairns said the “taint ” of the match-fixing
allegations had taken its toll on his family in
His father Lance Cairns, a “folk hero” in
New Zealand cricket, was snubbed as an
ambassador for the Cricket World Cup in
2015 and invited only to one game as a guest
of New Zealand Cricket.
Cairns was working as a commentator for
Sky Television but that work had stopped
when the allegations broke in December
Asked what he had been doing to earn a
living, an emotional Cairns struggled to
answer. “ Ummm, I don’t have any skills
outside the media...this was a scorched earth
scenario for me. I was labouring, just trying
to make a buck.”
The case continues.
Thursday, November 5, 2015
of the New Zealand Herald
What started as bristling words from
Australia’s camp turned mildly cartoonish on
the eve of the first test against New Zealand
First fast bowler Mitchell Johnson, perhaps
supporting his team-mate David Warner’s
dig about New Zealand being the “politest ”
team in world cricket, put out a tweet saying
he found it “strange, when someone keeps
telling the world how nice they are! You
wouldn’t need to say anything if it’s true”.
The Australian skipper Steven Smith,
having invited his counterpart Brendon
McCullum to bring his team into the home
dressing room after the test for a drink, partly
to mark 100 years since World War One, had
a second mild dig at his rival captain.
McCullum got under Australian skin when
he had pops at Smith and Warner during the
tour of England this year. The pugnacious
Warner went in to defend his captain on
Smith yesterday said, “ We’re good”, of his
relationship with McCullum, after they had
laid a wreath to honour the Anzacs from
World War One.
“ He’s entitled to his opinion but they knew
they were coming over here after that series
in England,” Smith said.
“There’s no hard feelings, they (are) coming
over playing that nice guy act again, but we’re
going to continue to play that hard, aggressive
brand that we play so well.”
McCullum, invited yesterday to respond
to the Australian chatter, quipped that “I
had to look up whether politest was a word,
apparently it is”.
“That ’s how we play and it’s not for everyone,
and we don’t expect everyone to play the way
that we do.
“ We’ve worked out this gives us our greatest
chance as a team.”
Time was, not so long ago, that New
Zealand did have players fond of having
a chirp. However McCullum and his
management figured it didn’t add much to
“ We’re not very good at it and we’re not
skilled enough to take our eye off the ball,”
“For a long period of time we were
searching for a bit of a soul in our team and
we stumbled on the fact that sledging has
never worked for us. ”
McCullum said the idea had to be
“authentic” to work, not just be a fanciful
notion to throw up which didn’t have a real
feel about it.
“ We’re not trying to put up an act. We just
want to be part of a team which gives it a
good crack and be the best we can. It’s not
forced on anyone.
“ It sits comfortably with this current group
McCullum insisted the columns he wrote in
Britain’s Daily Mail during the Ashes, which
had raised Australian ire, were not intended
to ruffle green and gold feathers.
“Absolutely not. Everyone in cricket is
entitled to their opinion, just as Davey and
Steve are entitled to theirs. At the time
that was what I felt. I wasn’t trying to be
With that, it is game on today.
Serena Williams turned
into a swift superhero
when she stopped a
would-be thief from
stealing her phone.
The 34-year-old athlete
was eating dinner with a
friend when a suspicious
man approached their
something “just didn’t feel
right ”. Her “superhero
sense” kicked in and told
her to keep an eye on
The man allegedly
grabbed her phone and
tried to run from the
restaurant, but he was
too slow for the world’s
No 1 tennis player.
“ I jumped up, weaved
cozy restaurant (leaping
over a chair or two)
and chased him down.
He began to run but
I was too fast. (Those
sprints came in handy)
flash!” Williams said on
With nowhere to go
the man told Williams he
“must have grabbed the
She received a standing
ovation from everyone in
Williams told fans it
was a superhero moment
and posted a pic of
herself dressed as
Maybe? Or HELL YEA!!
I’ve got the speed the
jumps, the power, the
body, the seduction, the
sex appeal, the strength,
the leadership and yet
the calm to weather the
storm,” Williams said on
She said it was “a win
for the ladies”.
“ Just because you are
a lady don’t be afraid to
step up to any challenge
and not be a victim but a
hero!” she said.
Model Gigi Hadid
not surprised, queeeeen. ”
Tui Lolohea knows all about the doubters. The
new Kiwis halfback realises — almost whether
he performs or not in the second test on Sunday
morning — there will be critics, those who think
Benji Marshall should be on the tour instead.
The absence of Marshall became the biggest
talking point around the team’s selection, and
last Monday ’s patchy display in Hull did little
to quell that debate among his vocal supporters.
The Kiwis were short of experience in the back
line and looked that way. They lacked direction
around the field, particularly in the second half,
and their kicking game fell away badly.
There was also no one on the field who managed
to change the tempo, to get momentum back
for the New Zealand side.
That was also because the forward battle was
being lost and they could not complete a set for
a long period during the second half.
Lolohea is definitely a great future prospect —
but is he ready for test football now?
“ We are trying to build something here,”
“People probably think we are not the ideal
halves but we were put in this position for a
reason. Stephen Kearney has a lot of faith in us
need to keep playing my way of footy in a style
I like to play.”
It is easy to forget just how far — and fast —
Lolohea has come. A little over a year ago he
had not even played a NRL game, as he flitted
between NSW Cup and the Junior Warriors.
By the end of the 2014 season he had played a
grand total of 77 minutes of first grade.
Now — after a season where he has covered
four positions for the Warriors, mostly with
aplomb, and played almost every game — he is
playing test match football, in a country where
the Kiwis have traditionally struggled. Some
He is adamant that there is not too much on
his shoulders, as has been constantly mentioned
since he was selected.
“I ’ve had a lot of discussions with our coaching
staff,” L olohea said.
“They keep getting into me about not
worrying about controlling the team and stuff. I
know that Bully (Issac Luke) and Blairy (Adam
Blair) will take care of that and I need to worry
about playing my style of footy . . . that ’s when
I play my best.”
Lolohea is a confidence player and seemed
to have plenty in the first half last week, when
he took the line on several times and also tried
some judicious chip kicks. He was not nearly as
prominent in the second half, and made some
“I’ll go into this game having more confidence
and belief in what I can do on the field,” he said.
“Being able to do more stuff on the field and
help the boys overcome the challenge.”
The Kiwis completed an intense session at
Harrow School today, with some of the tackles
in the full contact session enough to make the
physiotherapists and medical staff wince.
Adam Blair and Jordan Kahu took a full part
in training, and are tracking well in their
recoveries from concussion last weekend.
Peta Hiku was the only absentee from
training, sitting out the session as he recovers
from a stomach illness.
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of the New Zealand Herald
The injection of Corey Webster
and Tom Abercrombie will leave
the Breakers believing they are
capable of turning the tables on
Both men missed last month’s
humbling against the 36ers, when
an under-manned Breakers were
run ragged in the first game of
their title defence, and both will
take their place at the NSEC as
the New Zealand club seek some
The involvement of another
absentee from the season’s
opening night — that of starting
centre Alex Pledger — may
provide the most satisfaction for
the franchise as a whole.
Pledger’s health is finally
trending in the right direction
after an injury-ravaged campaign
culminated in surgery on his
crocked foot, resulting in a long
and tedious off-season spent on
The big man has managed only
minor contributions so far this
season — averaging 3.0 points
and 3.5 rebounds — but Dean
Vickerman thought consistent
form would follow an improving
“ He’s in a good space,” the
“ He talked to us about (last
week’s win over Cairns) being
the first time in two years he’s
come out of a game and not had
soreness in some areas. So he’s
just going to continue to get
better and better and hopefully
we get good-quality minutes out
Those minutes may be needed
against Adelaide, with Mika
Vukona continuing to battle a
hamstring injury that, according
to Vickerman, left him “a little
bit unlikely” to take the floor
tonight. But Pledger, insisting
it would take a team effort from
the Breakers to cover for their
skipper, was careful to avoid too
much stress too early on the
“Having someone as influential
as Mika not out there, I will
obviously try and fill in a little bit
of that gap,” Pledger told Radio
Sport. “But I’m trying not to
put any unnecessary pressure on
myself, because it’s been a pretty
long year of battling and then
recovering. You’ll drive yourself
crazy if your put too much
pressure on yourself and, with
(Vukona) struggling with that
injury, it’s not just on me. It’s me,
Charles ( Jackson), Tai Wesley,
and guys like Tommy and Reuben
(Te Rangi) might have to play a
little bit out of position. ”
Pledger perhaps learned a lesson
about over-extending himself
in his first appearance this year,
also made to account for the
absence of Vukona. In hindsight,
he thought, that call might
have arrived too soon, partially
explaining his slow start to the
“I probably came back a
little earlier than was initially
expected,” he said.
“I played a whole season
without training and with a
pretty busted foot, then I sat out
for six straight months, so it was
probably a little unrealistic to
come back and expect to be where
I was a year-and-a -half ago. But I
feel myself getting fitter and I’m
getting a little bit more practice
in, so I think it’ll just be a matter
of time before I start to get into
some better form. ”
CHRIS CAIRNS TRIAL
Chris Cairns arrives at court.
Cairns hits out
Lolohea hoping to silence critics in second test
Black Caps skipper shrugs off digs
Breakers pleased to get
big man back
Corey Webster and Tom Abercrombie
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