17 Mar 2012

Evidence ends in Cairns libel case

11:04 am on 17 March 2012

The judge presiding over the former New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns' libel claim in London has retired to consider the case.

Mr Cairns is seeking substantial damages after the former Indian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi posted a Twitter comment in January 2010 referring to his "record in match fixing".

On the final day of the hearing at the High Court in London, Mr Cairns' barrister Andrew Caldecott QC said the allegations were "miles away" from being proven.

Over the past two weeks Mr Modi's legal team has tried to prove that the former New Zealand cricketer was corrupt when contracted to the Indian Cricket League (ICL) in 2008, and that he was sacked from the tournament over the allegations.

However, the former all-rounder maintains his dismissal from the ICL, where he was captain of the Chandigarh Lions, was because he failed to declare an ongoing ankle injury.

Mr Cairns and his Australian wife Melanie, who now call Canberra home, have both given evidence in the judge-only trial denying that payments totalling some £100,000 and paid into his Dubai bank account in 2008 were linked to match- fixing.

The deposits were in return for the former cricketer's Cairns' role with a rough diamond traders business, Mr Caldecott said.

However Mr Cairns could produce no documentation for his diamond industry work when requested to do so.

Justice David Bean said he hoped to make a judgment in the matter by the end of March.