Brendon McCullum (above) told Cairns’ perjury trial that Chris Cairns made the approach in a hotel in Kolkata, India in April 2008 © Getty Images
Brendon McCullum (above) told Cairns’ perjury trial that Chris Cairns made the approach in a hotel in Kolkata, India in April 2008 © Getty Images

Wellington:  Former New Zealand captain Chris Cairns has described Brendon McCullum‘s part in his perjury trial as ‘sad’ after being found not guilty of having lied under oath in his previous London court outing. Cairns, who represented his nation in 62 Tests and 215 ODIs, was also acquitted of perverting the course of justice after a British jury allowed him to walk away freely from the Southwark Crown Court on Monday. A relieved Cairns said that it was sad to see current skipper McCullum level accusations against him during the perjury trial, Stuff.co.nz reported. ALSO READ: Chris Cairns trial was unpleasant and incredibly difficult :New Zealand Cricket

Earlier,The International Cricket Council (ICC) has issued a statement in relation to today’s developments in the criminal proceedings in London against former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns who is charged with perjury. “The ICC notes the decision of the jury finding Chris Cairns not guilty and confirms its utmost respect for the process that has been followed,” the ICC said in its statement. “The ICC and its ACU will continue to work closely with and provide all possible support to players in order that the fight against corruption can be tackled effectively and collectively,” the statement added. ALSO READ: Chris Cairns declared not guilty in perjury trial at London’s Southwark Court

McCullum had told the jury that Cairns had approached him three times in total over fixing a match. However, Cairns admitted that it was fantastic to watch the way the team was playing and being captained by McCullum. Cairns saw his reputation take a beating when the former Indian Premier League chairman Lalit Modi accused Cairns of match-fixing while he was playing for the Chandigarh Lions in the now defunct Indian Cricket League in 2008.