Cricket hit by new match-fixing scandal

    Former New Zealand cricket internationals have been linked to match-fixing scandals, following the leak of player statements to a corruption enquiry, according to media reports. Ex-Black Caps star Chris Cairns has identified himself as “player X” after being accused of pressuring others to fix matches. He rejected the allegations and vowed to clear his name. The International Cricket Council’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) has previously confirmed it was conducting an investigation into Cairns and fellow former New Zealand internationals Lou Vincent and Daryl Tuffey. Vincent is reported to have told ACSU investigators he fixed at least 12 games around the world, including in an English county competition, and the Twenty20 Champions League, using tactics such as changing the color of his bat handle to show that a fix was occurring.