New Zealand cricket legend Chris Cairns is on life support after suffering a medical emergency, reports say. The 51-year-old collapsed in Australia after a freak medical episode. Cairns suffered an aortic dissection in the Australian capital Canberra last week and has had several operations since.
The New Zealand Herald claims Cairns is now fighting for his life after an infection set in.
Cairns has not responded to surgery as hoped since collapsing last week.
The former all-rounder will be transferred to a specialist hospital in Sydney soon.
Cairns is regarded as one of New Zealand’s greatest ever cricketers.
He played 62 Tests, scoring 3320 runs and taking 218 wickets.
Cairns, the son of former New Zealand cricketer Lance, also played 215 ODIs, where he hit almost 5000 runs and took 201 wickets.
His international career spanned 17 years from 1989 to 2006.
After playing, Cairns became a commentator for Sky Sport in New Zealand.
Cairns was embroiled with controversy following his playing career.
He faced allegations of match fixing on more than one occasion dating back to his playing days, all of which he denied.
Cairns won a lawsuit against IPL commissioner Lalit Modi after the Indian claimed the all-rounder had been removed from the player auction in 2010 due to a “past record of match fixing”.
Cairns won the libel trial against Modi and was awarded damages in 2012.
He was named as one of the players to have allegedly fixed the now defunct Indian Cricket League, which ran from 2007 to 2009.
Former New Zealand cricketers Brendon McCullum and Lou Vincent both claimed Cairns approached them about fixing matches.
Cairns worked hard to clear his name and was found not guilty of perjury and perverting the course of justice at Southwark Crown Court in 2015.
Cairns and his wife Mel have lived in Canberra for several years with their children.
He is the chief executive of virtual sport company SmartSportz.