London: Two of the players named in court evidence against Chris Cairns have stood by their statements about the former New Zealand international's involvement in match-fixing during live video link evidence from India. Their testimony formed part of the sixth day of hearings in Cairns' libel case against Lalit Modi, the former commissioner of the IPL, at the High Court in London.
Cairns is suing Modi for defamation over a 2010 tweet that implicated him in fixing. Cairns denies the reason for his dismissal from the Indian Cricket League (ICL) in 2008 was in linked to alleged corruption, maintaining that failing to disclose an ankle injury was behind his suspension.
Gaurav Gupta and Karanveer Singh, two of Cairns' former Chandigarh Lions team-mates who have made separate accusations against him, appeared via a video link-up from Delhi. Gupta, a batsman who played first-class cricket for Punjab, has alleged that Cairns told him to score "no more than five runs" during a match between Chandigarh and Mumbai Indians.