Chris Cairns to face perjury charges

Wellington :  Former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns says he will fight to clear his name after being informed by London’s Metropolitan Police he is to be charged with perjury.

The charges relate to the 2012 libel trial in London’s High Court in which Cairns successfully sued Indian Premier League boss Lalit Modi over allegations he had been involved in match fixing.

Cairns told New Zealand’s Fairfax Media today “I have now been notified by the Crown Prosecution Service in the U.K. that it is their intention to lay charges against me on 25 September for perjury.” He but told Fairfax media “at least there will now be an opportunity to face my accusers in an open forum…so that I can clear my name once and for all.” Cairns had previously described allegations of his involvement in match fixing as “despicable lies.” He was named by former New Zealand test batsman Lou Vincent as Mister X — the former star player that lured Vincent into match fixing with promises of substantial cash rewards.Vincent has since admitted manipulating the outcome of matches in 12 countries and has received 11 life bans from cricket for those activities.

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