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Former New Zealand cricket captain Chris Cairns has won his High Court libel case and been awarded £90,000 in damages after allegations on Twitter that he was involved in match-fixing. Lalit Modi, former chairman of the Indian Premier League, had accused Cairns of having a “past record” in match fixing after being forced to leave the Indian Cricket League in October 2008. In today’s judgment, Mr Justice Bean said Modi “singularly failed to provide any reliable evidence that Cairns was involved in match fixing or spot fixing.”
A former New Zealand cricketer is suing a former Indian Premier League boss over a Twitter posting at the High Court today. Chris Cairns is taking action against Lalit Modi following a Tweet from January 2010 which alleged Cairns was involved in match fixing. The case is being heard in London, despite the the claim only 35 readers of the post were from England and Wales.