After a lengthy trial, former New Zealand batsman Chris Cairns has been found not guilty.
In 2012, the former Black Caps all-rounder was accused of falsely declaring under oath that he “never, ever cheated at cricket“.
The trial was held in London, and went for eight weeks. A number of former and current cricketers testified against Cairns, including current New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum.
“It’s not a victory as such because in a case like this, I really don’t think there are any winners. It’s been hell for everybody involved,” Cairns said after the verdict was handed down.
As for being a part of cricket again, he said: “It’s my choice. I think it would be quite a hard environment to go back into. There has been a lot of damage done and I think that’s unfortunate.”
New Zealand Cricket chairman Stuart Heal said it’s his priority to protect the players, in particular his captain McCullum.
“Brendon is an employee of ours, so we’ve got a duty of care around him that makes sure he’s in a safe working environment and free of harassment and all that humiliation stuff,” Heal said.
“I hope it doesn’t come to that, but of course we will support Brendon. As I say, he’s our current captain and an employee of New Zealand Cricket.
“We need him on the park leading our side and doing what he does best.” – Jesse Mullens
Top photo of Chris Cairns from his personal Twitter feed.