Former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns has been put on life support in Canberra after a sudden collapse. His condition is critical. According to reports, he underwent several operations in the hospital but his body is not responding as expected to the treatment. One of the best all-rounders of his time, Cairns played 62 Tests, 215 One Day Internationals and two T20 Internationals for New Zealand between 1989 and 2006. His father Lance Cairns also represented New Zealand.
There was a time when he lived a luxury life. The family lived in Herne Bay (Auckland), a very expensive area. Not only this, he proposed his third wife Mel Kroeger with a 3.2 carat diamond ring. Now you must be thinking that what happened after all that the player with so much money was forced to wander from door to door and even had to do the job of cleaning the bus stop to earn the family expenses.
Actually, it all starts from the year 2008. Chris faced match-fixing allegations while playing in the now-dissolved Indian Cricket League. After this, 51-year-old Cairns fought several legal battles to prove himself innocent. He also won a defamation case in 2012 against Lalit Modi, the founder of the Indian Premier League.
He faced re-fixing charges from fellow cricketers Lou Vincent and Brendon McCullum but was acquitted in 2015 of perjury and obstruction of justice after a lengthy trial in London. But in the midst of all this, his financial condition deteriorated. Fighting corruption charges had an impact on his life as well and at one point he had to work with Auckland Council driving a truck and cleaning a bus stand to pay legal fees.