Cairns cleared of perjury in match-fixing case

Cairns cleared of perjury in match-fixing case

Monday, November 30, 2015 Totally Gaming
Chris Cairns was cleared of perjury relating to a previous trial

Former New Zealand cricket captain Chris Cairns has been cleared of perjury and perverting the course of justice in a trial related to match-fixing.

Cairns was accused at Southwark Crown Court of falsely declaring under oath during a 2012 libel case, which he brought against former Premier League (IPL) chairman Lalit Modi, that he had “never, ever cheated at cricket”.

Cairns won £90,000 (€127,800/$135,300) in damages three years ago after successfully suing Modi for a 2010 tweet in which he accused the former all-rounder of match-fixing while captain of the Chandigarh Lions in the now-defunct Indian Cricket League in 2008.

The charges against Cairns came about after fellow New Zealand cricketer Lou Vincent confessed to match-fixing in August 2013, and told the Metropolitan Police that Cairns had also cheated.

Cairns, who appeared in 62 Test matches for his country, was also accused of perverting the course of justice by inducing Vincent to give a false witness statement in a Skype call.

During the hearing, Brendon McCullum, the current New Zealand captain, gave evidence against Cairns, accusing him of twice asking him to fix matches - the first time in Kolkata, India, the second in Worcester. Cairns acknowledged both meetings had taken place, but said there was nothing sinister about them and McCullum's version of events was wrong.

The jury at Southwark Crown Court took 10 hours and 17 minutes of deliberation to reach their verdicts on Monday morning.

"It's not a victory as such because in a case like this, I really don't think there are any winners. It's been hell for everybody involved,” said Cairns after the conclusion of the eight-week case.

"I think reputationally I'm completely scorched, burned completely, but it hasn't stopped me and it won't stop me."

Earlier this year, two-time IPL champions Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were banned from the competition for two years after they were found to have been involved in illegal betting and match-fixing by a panel appointed by India's Supreme Court.

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