Chris Cairns won’t get relief easily because the former IPL (Indian Premier League) Chairman Lalit Modi will lodge a case against him for fraud on next year. Modi will lodge a 1.5 million pound claim in the High court against Cairns.
The former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns was not found guilty and cleared from the all charges of perjury and perverting case on this Monday.
At first, Modi had tweeted in 2010 that Cairns had been involved in the match-fixing during 2008 for which reason he had excluded the Kiwi all-rounder from the IPL auction. Later Cairns successfully sued charges and also won costs and damages.
But the charges were strong later on when his former team-mates Brendon McCullum and Lou Vincent made comments against him. McCullum had told to ACSU (Anti Corruption and Security Units) of ICC (International Cricket Council) that Cairns made a match-fixing approach to him, which McCullum did not accept. Also, Lou Vincent made a statement that Cairns approached to him for match-fixing.
According to a report in the Daily Telegraph, “Modi’s lawyers have now lodged a case to have the libel verdict set aside and sue him for fraud in a bid to reclaim the payout, with a civil suit having a lower standard of proof than a criminal case.”
Cairns told Newstalk ZB radio in New Zealand on Monday about the prospect of the further legal battle against Modi, “In the words of [Winston] Churchill, it is not the end. It is not the beginning of the end but the end of the beginning.
“I think a man with his means and his power, he lurks out there and I have to be very, very conscious of that. I will take stock and deal with that situation and, if it does come about, I will take it in my stride.”
However, Cairns verdict did make anyone happy in the most of world cricket. New Zealand Cricket backs Brendon McCullum with priority while they also didn’t shut down the door for Cairns too.
On the other hand, many cricket experts are feeling that it was a big blow for the world cricket in the fight against corruption.
Though Cairns always denied these charges as he said, “never cheated at cricket and would never contemplate doing so”.