09 March 2012
Chris Cairns begins libel action against ex-IPL chief
Former New Zealand cricket captain Chris Cairns has launched legal action at the High Court on the grounds of libel following claims he was involved in match-fixing.
The 41-year-old is suing Lalit Modi, the ex-chairman of the Indian Premier League franchise, after he alleged on the social networking website Twitter that the professional had fixed games.
This was posted on the online network in January 2010 and Mr Modi is yet to apologise to Cairns - who played in 62 Tests for his country in an international career spanning 17 years - for the accusation.
Cairns is well-regarded in the world of sport after he became just the sixth all-rounder in cricketing history to achieve the landmark of 200 wickets and 3,000 runs in the Test format of the game.
However, his counsel Andrew Caldecott QC told the High Court that Mr Modi's tweet is "wholly untrue", meaning it represents a serious libel.
"Be in no doubt that to everyone who hears it, Mr Cairns's entire career is tainted," he said.
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Posted by Chris Stevenson