27 Mar 2012

Cairns wins libel case

6:05 am on 27 March 2012

The former New Zealand cricket all rounder Chris Cairns has won his libel action against the Lalit Modi, the former chairman of the Indian Premier League, over accusations of match-fixing.

The judge in the London High Court said Modi had failed to provide any reliably evidence that Cairns was involved in match-fixing or spot-fixing, or even strong grounds for suspicion of cheating.

41 year old Cairns was awarded 90-thousand pounds, but the judge has yet to make a decision about costs.

Cairns wasn't in court, but he issued a statement saying the decision had lifted a dark cloud hanging over him for the past two years.

Modi's barrister indicated his client's intention to appeal the judgment.