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All eyes on Modi & Cairns

Calcutta: As Chris Cairns’ name cropped up in the match-fixing probe being carried out by the International Cricket Council (ICC), one was reminded of early 2010 when the then Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman-cum-commissioner Lalit Modi had accused the former all-rounder of fixing.

Modi, in January 2010, had cited Cairns’ involvement in match-fixing during the rebel Indian Cricket League for removing the player from the IPL auction list. Denying Modi’s claims, Cairns sued Modi for defamation in the London High Court. Cairns went on to win his libel case against Modi and was awarded damages of £90,000, in March 2012.

Modi, in turn, had appealed against the libel award, but lost it in October last year.

In 2007 and 2008, Cairns had captained the ICL team Chandigarh Lions.

After winning the libel case, Cairns had said: “… The verdict lifts a dark cloud that has been over me… I am proud that I had the courage to... defend my name and feel great relief that I can once again walk into any cricket ground in the world with my head held high.”

But now, with media reports i claiming that Cairns, along with Daryl Tuffey and Lou Vincent, are being investigated by the ICC for their alleged role in match-fixing, it will be interesting to see if something else comes up in the Modi-Cairns fight.