28 March 2012
Chris Cairns awarded £90k libel damages
Compensation worth £90,000 has been awarded to former New Zealand cricket captain Chris Cairns on the grounds of libel.
Cairns took legal action against Lalit Modi - the ex-chairman of the Indian Premier League franchise - after he posted a remark on Twitter in January accusing him of having a past record of match fixing.
The 41-year-old - who played in 62 Tests for his country in an international career spanning 17 years - strenuously denied this allegation and his counsel Andrew Caldecott QC said the claim was "wholly untrue" and would taint his status as a cricketing legend if allowed to stand.
And Justice David Bean, presiding over the case at London's High Court, has now ruled in favour of Cairns on the basis that Modi failed to provide any sort of "reliable evidence" that he had been involved in cheating.
In a statement, the ex-all-rounder commented that the verdict had lifted "a dark cloud that has been over me for the past two years".
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Posted by Chris Stevenson