McCullum has told the International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption and security unit (ACSU) officials that he was approached first by the “renowned” former cricketer — dubbed Player X — over dinner in a Kolkata hotel days before the Indian Premier League was to take off.Read: New Zealand says skipper McCullum not corrupt
McCullum played for Kolkata Knight Riders that season.
Player X also followed McCullum to England during a tour later that year, but was turned down.
The Black Caps captain has denied he ever fixed a match. New Zealand Cricket, angry that his statement has been leaked to the media, said the player faced no punishment despite a delay in reporting the approach to cricket authorities.
Former Kiwi all-rounder Chris Cairns, already under the scanner over fixing allegations, rejected suggestion he was Player X.
NZ cricket chief David White said he knew who the player was, but wouldn’t give the name as it would compromise the investigation, New Zealand media reported.
Reports of McCullum’s statement come within days of media reporting that former Kiwi batsman Lou Vincent had told ICC that he was offered sex and cash to fix matches. He reportedly confessed fixing matches while playing in the now-defunct Indian Cricket League and county cricket in England. The ACSU probe indicates another major fixing scandal could be exposed.
Following Vincent’s confessions, many more players and at least 12 matches played worldwide, including some in the 2012 Champions League T20 organised in South Africa, are being probed.