Former NZ skipper Chris Cairns collapsed; Life Support at Aus

Former New Zealand all-rounder Cheers Cairns has reportedly been on life support in Australia after collapsing in Australia following a serious heart problem last week. Apparently, Chris, who was being treated at Canberra Hospital, underwent multiple surgeries, but did not respond as expected.

Chris, 51, has suffered aortic dissection (a tear in the body’s main artery) in his heart, New Zealand media reported. The New Zealand Cricket Association declined to comment on Chris’ privacy and comment on his health condition.

Chris was one of the best all-rounders of his time. He has represented New Zealand in 62 Tests and 215 ODIs during his 17-year career as an international cricketer. He scored 3,000 Test runs and nearly 5,000 ODI runs and took over 200 wickets in both formats of the game.

He was named one of Wisden’s Cricketers of the Year in 2000 and also received the New Zealand Order of Merit after his retirement in 2004.

An unfortunate match-fixing scandal during the now-defunct Indian Cricket League (ICL) has damaged Chris’ prestige at the end of his career. He led many legal battles to successfully clear all the fixing charges.

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