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WELLINGTON---New Zealand cricket captain Bren-
don McCullum said yesterday he will testify against
former teammate Chris Cairns in a perjury trial in
London next year because he feels a duty "to protect
McCullum will be among as many as 12 leading
cricketers who may be called to give evidence when
the trial starts next October.
Cairns won 90,000 pounds (then $140,000) in
damages in 2012 after he sued Indian Premier League
founder Lalit Modi over an accusation of match-
fixing. He was later charged with one count of perjury
in the case.
In a radio interview, McCullum said he was dis-
appointed to be further drawn into the case, but he
would agree to testify given his obligations as an
"I guess it s not ideal at all but you ve got to protect
the game," he said.
McCullum is expected to be questioned about evi-
dence he gave to anti-corruption investigators that
was later leaked to British newspapers. In the tes-
timony, McCullum alleged he was approached by
Cairns on at least two occasions and encouraged to
become involved in match-fixing.
McCullum said he was deeply disappointed the
evidence he had given to investigators had become
"The media have almost made me feel like I m
the one on trial which doesn t seem quite right," he
"But I would still do it again because I know that s
the obligation you have as an international cricketer,"
he added. "You have to stamp out corruption and
that s ultimately led me to making my statement to
the ICC (International Cricket Council) and the anti-
Cairns told New Zealand s Fairfax Media last month
that the trial will give him "an opportunity to face
my accusers in an open forum ... so that I can clear
my name once and for all."
The 44-year-old Cairns is regarded as one of the
finest cricketers New Zealand has produced. He fol-
lowed his father, Lance, into the New Zealand team,
and in 62 tests scored 3,320 runs with five centuries
at an average of 33.5 and took 218 wickets at 29.4.
He played 215 one-day internationals, scoring
4,950 runs and taking 201 wickets. (AP)
Anamul Haque and Nasir
Hossain will be unavailable for
the first Test against Zimbabwe,
after they were both picked in a
BCB XI side that will take part in
the Acharya Memorial Trophy in
Kolkata from October 25 to cele-
brate 150 years of the Eden Gar-
dens. Both players were part of
Bangladesh s Test squad last
month against West Indies.
Bangladesh will also be without
the services of Elias Sunny, who
too was selected in the BCB XI
squad that will take on teams from
Mumbai, Bangalore and the hosts
Anamul has been made captain
of the team, with Naeem Islam
appointed his deputy. The make-
up of the BCB XI squad means that
the rest of the players will be kept
in consideration for the first Test
which also begins on October 25,
at the Shere Bangla National Sta-
dium in Mirpur.
Nasir is one of several Bangladesh
players whose poor form this year
has been under the scanner. The
West Indies tour was seen as crucial
for the likes of him, Mahmudullah,
Shamsur Rahman, Imrul Kayes and
even Tamim Iqbal. While Mah-
mudullah and Tamim have done
well and Shamsur Rahman and
Imrul Kayes now remain in con-
tention for the first Test match, the
axe has fallen on Nasir and Anamul,
who had started the West Indies
tour with an ODI century.
But since then, Anamul only
managed scores of 7, 0, 19*, 15, 9
and 0 in the remaining games.
Overall, he averages 9.12 in Test
cricket. Nasir, on the other hand,
is suffering his first bad season after
making his debut in 2011. He aver-
ages 14.14 in four Tests this year,
having made just 99 runs.
This leaves the door slightly open
for the likes of Shamsur, Imrul and
Shuvagata Hom Chowdhury to be
retained in the Test squad. Marshall
Ayub, having not been named in
the BCB XI, can also be considered
to be competing for one spot.
Among the bowlers, seamer Sha-
hadat Hossain and legspinner Jubair
Hossain are likely to be fighting for
a single spot.
McCullum to testify in
Cairns perjury trial
Anamul, Nasir to
miss Zimbabwe Test
Anamul Haque (capt), Liton Kumar Das, Mohammad Mithun,
Sabbir Rahman, Soumya Sarker, Nasir Hossain, Naeem Islam,
Nurul Hasan (wk), Arafat Sunny, Elias Sunny, Mohammad
Shahid, Abul Hasan, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Taskin Ahmed,
BCB XI SQUAD
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