Sydney, August 20
Former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns is no longer in intensive care and is recovering from heart surgery, his lawyer said on Friday.
Cairns had suffered a major medical emergency – an aortic dissection – earlier this month and was placed on life support.
Aortic dissection is a serious condition in which a tear occurs in the inner layer of the main artery in the body.
“I am happy to report that Chris is out of intensive care and has been able to communicate with his family from the Sydney hospital,” his lawyer Aaron Lloyd said in a statement.
“He and his family are grateful for all the support and wishes from everyone, and for the privacy they have been given. They ask that this continue as they focus on his recovery in the future.”
One of the best all-rounders of his time, Cairns played 62 Tests, 215 ODIs and two T20Is for New Zealand between 1989 and 2006. His father Lance Cairns also played for New Zealand.
The 51-year-old, however, later faced allegations of match-fixing when he played in the now defunct Indian Cricket League in 2008 and fought numerous legal battles to prove his innocence in which he claimed. won a libel lawsuit against IPL founder Lalit Modi. in London in 2012.
Tackling corruption allegations took his life and at one point had to take a job at Auckland Council driving trucks and cleaning bus shelters to pay legal bills. PTI