Former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns is on full life support in a hospital at Canberra after suffering a major heart problem in the city approximately 6-7 days ago. The news was broken by the New Zealand media houses on 10th August and has since then been a top headline in cricket news all over the world.
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New Zealand Cricket has refused to comment on the issue. A NZC spokesperson revealed that it was out of due respect for Chris Cairns’ right to privacy. New Zealand’s Players’ union has also not given any immediate comment.
His wife Melanie has opened up on Cairns’ health issues. She said“As has now been widely reported in the media, Chris suffered a major medical event in Canberra late last week. He initially underwent surgery in Canberra, but the seriousness of his condition is such that he has now been transferred to St Vincent’s hospital in Sydney, where he has undergone further cardiovascular surgery.”
“For now, no further statements will be made regarding Chris’ situation, and the Cairns family asks that people continue to respect their privacy as they deal with this difficult, upsetting and concerning situation.”
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Chris Cairns has been one of New Zealand’s legends in cricket. He represented the Kiwis in all the formats and was also the New Zealand captain during his time. His contribution to ODI Internationals is unputdownable and he was arguably one of the bests in the format.
Cairns had a decorated Test career as well. By the end of his career, the all-rounder had a batting average of 33.53 and a bowling average of 29.40.
After retiring from all formats of cricket, Cairns took up commentary.