Ricky Ponting Adds Fuel To The Perjury Case Against Former NZ Cricketer Chris Cairns

21/10/2015 2:08 PM AEDT | Updated 15/07/2016 12:50 PM AEST
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LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15: Chris Cairns arrives at Southwark Crown Court on October 15, 2015 in London, England. The former New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns appeared in court today on charges of perjury and perverting the course of justice. Barrister Andrew Fitch-Holland also faces one count of preventing justice from being served. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

Cricket's latest match-fixing saga has former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns at the centre of the storm which is growing in intrigue each day of his perjury trial in London.

45-year-old Cairns is charged with perjury arising from a 2012 libel case against Lalit Modi, the founder of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

The history behind the case is based around the now defunct Indian Cricket League (ICL), a lesser version of the successful and lucrative IPL.

In 2008, a number of international cricketers not employed in the IPL played instead with the ICL.

In 2012, Modi publicly accused Cairns of match-fixing during his time with the ICL. He alleged that Cairns approached teammates requesting they manipulate their performances, a form of match-fixing known as spread betting.

Cairns successfully sued Modi for libel and was awarded damages and costs of more than $2million.

In 2013, the International Cricket Council (ICC) undertook an investigation into match-fixing and identified a particular player -- officially referred to as player 'X'-- who seemed to be at the centre of the activity.

The finger was pointed at Cairns and as a consequence, he was charged with committing perjury.

While Cairns is staunchly reiterating his innocence, the line of former team mates and international players involved in the case against him – including Australia’s Ricky Ponting – is growing.

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Brendon McCullum arrives at Southwark Crown Court to give evidence in the trial of New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

Even the ex-wife of former New Zealand player Lou Vincent -- now under a life time ban for match fixing himself -- gave evidence this week of a confrontation she had with Cairns in 2008.

The court case is expected to continue through to the end of November.

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