10 Mar 2012

Cairns angry former IPL boss won't give evidence

10:08 am on 10 March 2012

An angry Chris Cairns has left a London court after it was revealed the man he is suing for libel will not be giving evidence.

The New Zealander and former cricket captain is seeking substatial damages in the High Court in a case against former Indian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi.

The case centres on remarks made on Twitter by Mr Modi who allegedly tweeted that the 41-year-old had been involved in match-fixing in India.

In January 2010, Mr Modi who was commissioner of the IPL - a hugely successful Twenty20 competition - tweeted that Mr Cairns had been barred due to his past record of match-fixing, the BBC reports.

Mr Lodi's comments related to Mr Cairns's spell as captain of the Chandigarh Lions in 2008 which competed in the now-defunct rival Indian Cricket League tournament.

On Friday, the court was told how former teammates accused Mr Cairns of telling them to play badly.

Former South African international Andrew Hall, who replaced Mr Cairns as skipper of the side, admitted he had concerns his predecessor had been set up by some of the Indian players.

Chris Cairns has repeatedly denied that he was a cheat and earlier this week was grilled by lawyers for Mr Modi.

The lawyers claim two payments into Cairns's Dubai bank account at the time of the alleged fixing and totalling some £100,000 are payoffs for his corrupt practices.

Mr Cairns has said the money is legitimate income from his PR work for a diamond traders company.

The trial continues on Monday.