Chris Cairns, one of the greatest all-rounder to ever play for the Blackcaps, is currently in a Sydney hospital after suffering a massive heart attack. He is remembered by his fans and loved ones on social media; especially current and former cricketers.
Cairns’ wife Melanie issued a statement on Wednesday about her husband’s condition following the cardiac arrest in Canberra.
“Chris’ family and friends are encouraged by the respectful and warm manner in which this terrible news has been reported and received by the public in New Zealand around the world, and thank everyone for their heartfelt wishes, prayers and kind words,” she said.
“For the time being, no further statements will be made about Chris’ situation.”
Meanwhile, it New Zealand Cricket (NZC) CEO David White said the cricket fraternity was “deeply concerned” after learning of Cairns’ medical emergency.
“We are very concerned about the medical emergency of Chris Cairns. Our thoughts are with his family in Australia and here in New Zealand. Chris is a beloved husband, father and son and remains one of our best allrounders. We hope he can fully recover. ”
Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum wishes led to the speedy recovery of Cairns.
‘This is a difficult topic to talk about clearly. We last saw each other for a long time, ” he said in a radio program.
‘We reflected on how good a cricketer he was when the news came, and what he also did during his career for the match and cricket in New Zealand.
After Cairns got rid of perjury charges related to match-fixing in 2015, McCullum said: “I do not want anything more to do with him.”
“Our relationship is not important at all, the fact is that Chris is a father and also a son to Lance and Sue.”
‘They have had such a tragedy in their lives with the loss of Chris’ sister, also long ago.
‘It’s a very difficult time for the people and I know the cricket community, and everyone who supports the Cairns family will now suffer. Today, my family and I are thinking of the people who are suffering. ”
Cairns played 62 Tests, 215 one-dayers and two T20Is for New Zealand between 1989 and 2006. He is currently a commentator at Sky Sport NZ.