Johannesburg : Former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum has insisted that he can never forgive his ex-team-mate Chris Cairns after the latter effectively lobbied to destroy his credibility over match-fixing allegations.
Cairns had been linked to match-fixing following statements by Stephen Fleming and McCullum. However, he was cleared of any wrongdoing in a court of law and by the ICC’s anti-corruption unit.
McCullum, who had told the jury that Cairns had approached him three times in total over fixing a match, insisted that he felt as if his character had come under-fire during the prejury trial.
“I felt that I was the one on trial and I found that really hard to deal with. I’m a very forgiving person. I don’t keep a lot of grudges… the last thing I wanted to see was one of my former teammates rotting away in jail and I’m actually pleased he’s not,” Starc was quoted as saying by Sport24.
“But I can’t forgive the other behaviour, the way… (he) effectively lobbied to put me in the gun publicly and heap a lot of pressure on. Hence I want nothing more to do with him,” he added.
The 35-year-old further expressed that he never wanted to see Cairns again.
“I’m sure he’ll get on with his life, and I’ll get on with mine, and let’s hope they never cross paths. I’m done with it now and I want to move on with the rest of my life and I sure as hell hope that my career is not defined by my involvement with Chris Cairns,” he insisted.