Retired Punjab and Haryana High Court chief justice Mukul Mudgal has praied New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum for exposing former fast bowler Chris Cairns on match-fixing.
Mudgal said McCullum's deposition has established that match fixing is a global rather than an Asian problem. He said the International Cricket Council (ICC) has laid down certain measures and would surely do something to counter match fixing. He suggested that corrupt former cricketers should be relieved of their retirement benefits if caught doing something illegal.
McCullum had told a London jury that Cairns had approached him thrice to get involved in spot fixing, and said players like Daniel Vettori and Jacob Oram 'did not have the balls to do it'. Cairns, who had represented New Zealand in 62 Tests and 215 ODIs, saw his reputation take a beating when the former Indian Premier League chairman Lalit Modi accused him of match-fixing while he was playing for the Chandigarh Lions in the now defunct Indian Cricket League in 2008.
While Cairns is charged with perjury and perverting the course of justice, his lead adviser Andrew Fitch-Holland is accused of perverting the course of justice. However, both the accused have denied the charges.