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Cricket: New Zealand’s Cairns not sure he will walk again after spinal stroke

Former New Zealand cricket captain Chris Cairns leaves Southwark crown court in London
FILE PHOTO: Former New Zealand cricket captain Chris Cairns leaves Southwark crown court in London October 16, 2014. Cairns appeared in court on Thursday charged with perjury in connection with a smear action against Lalit Modi in 2015. 2012. REUTERS / Neil Hall

December 3, 2021

Former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns says he’s not sure he’ll be able to walk again but he’s lucky to be alive after suffering a spinal stroke following life-saving treatment for a severed fracture. arteries in August.

The stroke left the 51-year-old man paralyzed from the waist down.

“I don’t know if I’ll ever walk again and I’ve made it more peaceful,” Cairns told the Daily Telegraph. “I now understand that I can have a full and enjoyable life in a wheelchair but at the same time know it will be different.”

Cairns played 62 games, 215 internationals a day and two Twenty20s for New Zealand between 1989-2006.

After taking a break from international cricket, he was allegedly involved in wits in India while captaining the Chandigarh Lions Team in the defunct Indian Cricket League in 2008.

He denies wrongdoing and fought several legal battles to clear his name, winning a defamation case against former Indian Premier League president Lalit Modi in 2012.

In 2015, Cairns was cleared of perjury in relation to a defamation case after being charged by Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service, with two of his former teammates, Brendon McCullum and Lou Vincent, testifying against him.

Cairns said his death gave him the opportunity to rebuild relationships.

“There have been relationships… the rift has been reopened after a new perspective on life. It’s almost as if everyone has moved on it’s heartwarming,” he said.

“It was good for Brendon to wish me well… There was no direct contact between us but the fact that he did it was very kind to him.”

(Reporting by Aadi Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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