Former New Zealand test cricketer Chris Cairns appeared in court in London overnight accused of perjury.

The all-rounder was mobbed by the media as he arrived at the Westminster Magistrates Court.

He faces one count of perverting the course of justice alongside his former barrister, Andrew Fitch-Holland, during a defamation case Cairns brought against Indian Premier League founder Lalit Modi.

Cairns, 44, is accused of lying during his written testimony for the High Court libel action when he said he had "never cheated at cricket and would never contemplate doing so".


Fitch-Holland, 49, the lead adviser to Cairns during the 2012 lawsuit, asked disgraced Kiwi cricketer Lou Vincent to give a false statement for the hearing, the magistrates court heard.

Lawyers for the pair said they would both be "fully contesting" the allegations against them. Cairns and Fitch-Holland spoke only to confirm their names, addresses and dates of birth.

David Woodings, prosecuting, told the court: "He [Cairns] is a former New Zealand cricketer who played for the national team until 2006 and went on to play in India, in the Indian Cricket League and Indian Premier League (IPL) competitions.

"In January 2010, Lalit Modi tweeted that Chris Cairns had been removed from the IPL due to past match-fixing. This was posted on a cricket website and a libel action case was brought.

"At that hearing, he gave evidence that he had never cheated at cricket and would never contemplate such a thing.

"In August 2013, Lou Vincent voluntarily approached the New Zealand Cricket Players' Association and said he had been involved in various match-fixing over the last few years.

"He provided disclosure to the International Cricket Council (ICC) of his own involvement in match-fixing and how Chris Cairns had been involved in India.

"He also described being contacted by Mr Fitch-Holland, and explained to the ICC that, during a recorded Skype conversation, Mr Fitch-Holland asked him to provide a witness statement supporting Chris Cairns in the libel trial.

"Despite not giving that statement, it was clear he was asking him to lie in a legal trial.
"He (Vincent) recorded that Skype call and passed it to the ICC.

Woodings also told the court that Cairns tried in 2008 to recruit current Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum into match-fixing. "Similar statements have been taken that corroborate that account.

"Statements made by Chris Cairns at the High Court include 'there is no basis for these allegations against me' and 'I will not let (Modi) persist with these false allegations against me."

Deputy Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot adjourned the hearing to Southwark Crown Court in London on October 16.

Cairns was swarmed by television cameras, photographers and journalists as he arrived outside the court building along the bustling Marylebone Rd wearing a blue suit, white shirt and blue tie.

He stopped briefly to face the cameras alongside his lawyer Colin Nott, who said his client had "nothing to say whatsoever".

The former international cricketer then made his way through the media contingent into the court building to prepare for his hearing.

Cairns won £90,000 in damages when he sued multimillionaire Modi, who made spot-fixing allegations against the Auklander on Twitter in 2010.

The former Nottinghamshire player captained the Chandigarh Lions during the 2007 and 2008 competitions of the Indian Cricket League, set up prior to the globally successful Indian Premier League.

The corruption allegations related to the second and third competitions, held between March and April in 2008 and October and November the same year.

Late last month, Cairns voluntarily flew to the UK to be quizzed by police before being charged.

Overnight, he made no comment again as he left the magistrates court through another media throng.