Kiwi cricket legend Chris Cairns has vowed to clear his name after being informed he will be charged with perjury.
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Former New Zealand test all-rounder Chris Cairns has vowed to clear his name after being informed by the UK’s Metropolitan Police he will be charged with perjury.
The charge relates to a 2012 High Court libel trial in London where Cairns won £90,000 in damages and costs against former Indian Premier League boss Lalit Modi.
It came after Modi took to social media and alleged Cairns had been expelled from the now-defunct Indian Cricket League because of match-fixing.
“I’m obviously extremely disappointed, however, at least there will now be an opportunity to face my accusers in an open forum, with some rigor and proper process around that, so that I can clear my name once and for all,” Cairns said in a statement.
“I hope that, through this forum, significant additional information will be flushed out that will help people to better assess the situation, as well as the character and motives of the parties involved.
“I wish this wasn’t the situation – having been to Court before, I know what lies ahead and how gruelling it will be and how tough it is on my family – but I have nothing to hide and I will do whatever it takes to once again prove my innocence. I will continue to co-operate fully with the authorities, including voluntarily travelling to the UK.”