We are a week out for a General Election and the Sunday Star Times chose to lead its paper today with a story about how they were not allowed to publish a story relating to cricketers.
Who knows what that story they did not run was to involve, but it is not too difficult to draw a few conclusions.
- It is fair to assume that this information has nothing to do with match-fixing itself, and certainly nothing to do with the matches in question.
- It is fair to assume that the material has nothing to do with any correspondence between McCullum and Cairns, given the 2012 timeframe alleged.
- It is fair to assume that Brendon McCullum and Kerry Schwalger are not as close as they once were.
The Sunday Star Time article says that “McCullum’s credibility is key to the prosecution”. But you have to wonder what actual value this would achieve in term of discrediting McCullum’s potential evidence in this perjury trial. Remember that trial will be very much focussed on testimony provided by Cairns in the original Modi case. It is really hard to see the relevance.
Alternatively, it could be a metaphorical shot across the bows at not only McCullum, but anyone else likely to testify. That is called Witness Intimidation, and that is some pretty serious stuff
The whole thing really is very curious.