August 10, 2021
Melbourne (Reuters)-New Zealand media reported on Tuesday that former New Zealand cricket all-rounder Chris Cairns is working to sustain life at Canberra Hospital after a recent collapse due to Australian health problems.
Cairns, 51, underwent several surgeries after suffering from heart disease, but did not respond to the treatment he expected, Newshub reported.
Newshub said Cairns was suffering from aortic dissection of the heart in Canberra last week. Aortic dissection is a laceration of the body’s main arteries.
The New Zealand Players Union was unable to provide immediate comments.
A New Zealand cricket spokesman said the board respected Cairns’ right to privacy and refused to comment on the situation.
Prior to becoming a television expert, Cairns played 62 tests, 215 One Day International and two Twenty20 games in New Zealand between 1989 and 2006.
Cairns was one of the best all-rounders of his time, especially in a short format. His father Lance also represented New Zealand with cricket.
Cairns was later subject to match-fixing allegations in India as captain of the Chandigarh Lions in the 2008 abolished Indian Cricket League.
He denied cheating and fought several court battles to reveal his name.
(Report by Ian Ransom, edited by Andrew Cawthorne)
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