Chris Cairns is former NZ all rounder who represented New Zealand in 215 ODI matches and 62 Test matches. However, his career was full of controversies due to allegations of match fixing. Several former NZ cricketers have said that Chris Cairns approached them for fixing matches.
Chris Cairns last year suffered a severe heart attack and got paralysed from the lower waist. Chris Cairns recently opened up about how challenging it was for him to fight against allegations of match fixing. He talked about the various court battles he had to face. He said that he carried his anger silently.
Chris Cairns on a podcast hosted by NZME said: “I harbored a lot of anger and frustration, but I carried that silently. I dug my hole in Australia and got on with life … but I was angry. But now, after the last seven months, it’s so far down my thinking. It’s not a priority. It seems like another time, another place.”
“Maybe during that time it (the match-fixing trials) built up the steel in me that allowed me to survive what I went through – because it was about survival at that time, I was on my own, cast as the villain, that was my role. Building that resilience up, who’s to say that wasn’t a contributing factor in helping me fight,” Chris Cairns added.
When Chris Cairns cleaned bus shelters to support his family
Dion Nash who is a close friend of Chris Cairns had said that Chris worked really hard to support his family. He cleaned bus shelters during the year 2014 to help his family financially. Later in 2015, Chris Cairns was acquitted from all the perjury charges over match fixing.
“He (Cairns) is trying really hard and supporting his family the best way he can. He’s not moping around, he’s showing guts and doing hard work by cleaning bus shelters.” said Dion Nash few years back.
Written by Harsh Gupta