8 Jan 2010

Chris Cairns to sue cricket boss for defamation

10:08 pm on 8 January 2010

Former New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns is to sue Indian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi for defamation.

Earlier this week Mr Modi dropped Cairns from the list of players in contention for the IPL.

Andrew Fitch-Holland, a London-based lawyer acting for Cairns, says that in the process of doing so, Mr Modi made defamatory comments linking his client to allegations of match-fixing.

Mr Fitch-Holland says the slur on Cairns's name limits his ability to seek other employment such as coaching, media work or corporate sponsorship.

Suspended for alleged violation of contract

In 2008 Cairns was suspended from another league, the ICL, for disciplinary reasons, with officials saying he had violated his contract by not reporting an ankle injury before taking part in the tournament.

Cairns, 39, raised eyebrows after registering for the IPL's player auction this year; in doing so, he joined eight other New Zealanders hoping to go under the hammer for the rich competition.

But Mr Modi removed him from the list of players to be considered.

Mr Modi is standing by his comments: he told the BBC that Cairns's lawyers were more than welcome to do what they have to do.