London: Chris Cairns, the former New Zealand captain, told the High Court in London on Monday that an accusation of match-fixing had reduced his career to "dust". Cairns is suing Lalit Modi, the former chairman of the IPL, for substantial libel damages over an "unequivocal allegation" made on Twitter.
His lawyer, Andrew Caldecott, told judge David Bean, who is hearing the case without a jury, that Modi's tweet sent in January 2010 was picked up by ESPNcricinfo.
Cairns, 41, complained to ESPNcricinfo and the website withdrew the report, paid damages and apologised. But Modi declined to apologise and pleaded justification, maintaining that the charge was true. Cairns alleges the allegation was "wholly untrue" and a very grave libel.