Cairns found not guilty in perjury trial

New Zealand

Former New Zealand allrounder Chris Cairns has been found not guilty of perjury and perverting the course of justice with the verdict surprising after a strong testimony against Cairns by current Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum.

The jury reached it's verdict on Monday after a nine-week trial at Southwark Crown Court in London. The 45 year-old Cairns, who retired from international cricket in 2006, faced perjury charge after winning a court case against former IPL chairman Lalit Modi, who accused him of match-fixing.

The former big-hitting batsman won approximately £90000 in the libel case against Modi but he was alleged to have lied to the court when he said he had "never, ever cheated at cricket".

Carins was also said to have perverted the course of justice by inducing former teammate Lou Vincent to provide a false witness statement.

However, despite the state calling household names in cricket, like McCullum, Daniel Vettori and Ricky Ponting, to give evidence against Cairns, he was found not guilty of both charges.

The verdict also effectively means that Cairns was not involved in any match-fixing of any sort.