Auckland: Star New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns and Brendon McCullum were on Thursday fined by administrating authority New Zealand Cricket (NZC) for their behaviour in a Durban nightclub last week. The two were among a group of 11 Blacks Caps at the Tiger, Tiger nightclub where several, while drunk, pulled off their shirts and did 'hakas' or Maori war dances. They were asked to leave and outside the club Cairns was punched to the ground and was briefly unconscious. NZC chief executive Martin Snedden said in a statement that team protocols and procedures were inadequate.
"Behaviour exhibited by some of the players at the Tiger, Tiger nightclub ... was unacceptable and should not be allowed either by the players or team management to re-occur." Snedden said Cairns and McCullum had admitted misconduct and had apologised. They had each been fined 500 NZ ($ 250 US). The other players at the club were reprimanded "and the players as a whole have been reminded of their responsibilities to act professionally off the field". Among those reprimanded was captain Stephen Fleming.
Most of the squad was present other than Nathan Astle, Chris Harris, Mathew Sinclair and Shane Bond. NZC was severely embarrassed over the incident as it occurred at the same time the Black Caps should have been playing Kenya in Kenya, but which it had boycotted because of security fears. Copyright AFP 2001