Chris Cairns

Chris Cairns, a former all-rounder for New Zealand cricket, is on life support.

Former New Zealand cricket all-rounder Chris Cairns is on life support at a Canberra hospital after recently collapsing with a health problem in Australia, according to New Zealand media. Cairns, 51, had undergone several operations after suffering a heart problem but had not responded to treatment as hoped.

After having a cardiac issue, Cairns, 51, underwent numerous procedures but did not react to therapy as expected, according to Newshub.

Cairns, according to Newshub, had an aortic dissection in his heart last week in Canberra. An aortic dissection is a rip in the major artery of the body.

The players’ union in New Zealand was unable to give a quick reaction.

A spokeswoman for New Zealand Cricket said the board was respecting Chris Cairns’ right to privacy and would not comment on the matter.

Between 1989 and 2006, Cairns represented New Zealand in 62 tests, 215 one-day internationals, and two Twenty20 matches before becoming a television analyst.

Cairns was regarded as one of the best all-rounders of his generation, particularly in shorter formats. His father, Lance, was a cricketer for New Zealand.

In 2008, while captaining the Chandigarh Lions in the defunct Indian Cricket League, Cairns was accused of match-fixing in India.

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