The cricket fraternity has come forward to extend their wishes and support to former New Zealand all rounder Chris Cairns, who is on life support. The 51-year-old had suffered aortic dissection – a life threatening condition in which a tear occurs in the body’s main artery. Among the many who have wished Cairns a speedy recovery is former New Zealand skipper and Cairns teammate Brendon McCullum.
“It’s a difficult subject to obviously talk about. We haven’t seen each other for quite a long time. Our relationship is unimportant in the whole thing, the fact is that Chris is a father and also a son to Lance and Sue. They’ve already had such tragedy in their life with the loss of Chris’ sister a long time ago as well.
It’s a really difficult time for those people and I know the cricket community and all those who support the Cairns family will be suffering right now. Today my family and myself are thinking of those people who are suffering,” said McCullum on a radio show.
Cairns was flown to Sydney’s St. Vincent Hospital after he did not respond to treatment back home. The hospital has confirmed that Cairns’ condition is critical but stable.
Meanwhile, Cairns was one of the finest cricketers to have played the game for New Zealand. The veteran represented New Zealand in 62 Tests, amassing 3320 runs at an average of 33 and took 219 wickets. In ODIs, he scored 4950 runs and picked up 210 wickets.