Relieved after winning a libel suit against Lalit Modi,who had accused him of match-fixing,former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns said the London High Courts verdict has lifted a dark cloud that has been over him for the past two years.
Modi will have to pay 90,000 pounds (app Rs 73 lakh) in damages to the all-rounder but the embattled administrator has decided to appeal against the judgement. Todays verdict lifts a dark cloud that has been over me for the past two years. I feel mixed emotions. Firstly sadness that I should ever have had to put myself,my friends and my family through this because of one mans misdirected allegations, Cairns said in a statement.
But I also feel great joy because my past career has come through unscathed because I had the courage to stand up to defend my name. Lastly I feel great relief that I am able to walk into any cricket ground with my head held high, he added.