BLACKCAPS captain Brendon McCullum says it’s critical that the sport is vigilant in the fight against corruption in cricket.
On arrival in Christchurch today for the birth of his third child, McCullum wanted to reinforce his opposition to match-fixing in cricket.
“Let me be clear I have never ever fixed a cricket match. I am 100% behind the fight against corruption in the sport.”
“While it’s been a tough time for me I know I did the right thing. I was pleased to see the ICC come out yesterday and commend me for my actions. It takes courage to report an approach and it is vital that players who do so feel supported. ”
McCullum added he was incredibly disappointed to see his testimony leaked to media.
“I gave my testimony to the ICC in good faith so I was shocked when I read it in the media. I hope it does not stop others coming forward in the future as all players need to play their part in stamping out corruption.”
He said he stood by the content of his testimony to the ICC, and reiterated because he is a witness in an ongoing ICC investigation he is not able to comment on the details of his testimony.
Lastly, McCullum asked the media to respect his family’s privacy as they welcome their new baby.
ICC Chief Executive backs Brendon McCullum: “Whilst we have privately offered our full support to Brendon, we do so now publicly not only to confirm that, by assisting with the ACSU’s enquiries, he has acted quite properly in accordance with his responsibilities as a professional cricketer, but also correct any misperception that he is somehow under suspicion. He is to be commended for his actions and we deeply regret that aspects of his statement are now in the public domain.” - ICC Chief Executive David Richardson.