The Marylebone Cricket Club has paid New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns several thousand pounds as damages after linking him to match-fixing in Brendon McCullum's speech at the Lord's. The Club also had earlier issued a public apology to him in the case last month.
The issue was triggered by the MCC posting, earlier in June, the video of the MCC Spirit of Cricket Lecture at Lord's was delivered by Brendon McCullum. The video was titled - "McCullum: On Cairns' Match Fixing" triggering the extreme reaction from Cairns' solicitor Rhory Robertson. The implication evidently did not sit well with Robertson who reacted saying, "He has been through two trials and been vindicated in both and he is not going to allow the MCC or anyone else repeat the libel.”
The ex-Kiwi captain has been successful in battling the court cases against him. He won a libel action in 2012 after being accused of match-fixing by exiled IPL mastermind Lalit Modi. He was also acquitted of all charges in Southwark Crown Court in 2015 over charges of perjury at the 2012 trial.
Following the proceedings by Robertson, the MCC apologized earlier in an official statement.
"Chris Cairns: An Apology
“During the evening of June 6 2016 the former New Zealand cricket captain, Brendon McCullum, gave the annual MCC Spirit of Cricket Lecture. At about 10pm that evening, a recording of part of Mr McCullum's speech was uploaded to YouTube.
“It carried the title: "McCullum: On Cairns' Match Fixing.The video title remained posted for approximately 11 hours before the MCC removed it.
"It is accepted that Mr Cairns was successful in a libel action in 2012 when wrongly accused of match fixing. He was also acquitted by a jury of all charges in 2015, in which it was alleged he had committed perjury at the 2012 trial," the statement said.
The MCC also posted the apology video on Youtube, where it was retained from June 27 to July 12, and links to the video were posted on its social media channels.
It is also learnt that Cairns was paid around US$20,000 in damages by the MCC, reported Stuff.co.nz.