Former Indian Premier League (IPL) Commissioner, Lalit Modi, has confirmed that he intends to appeal against the verdict that favours New Zealand cricketer, Chris Cairns.
Modi, was made to pay 90,000 pounds in damages to Cairns, after a two-week trial over a tweet, in which Modi accused Cairns of match-fixing in the now non-existent Indian Cricket League (ICL).
Stuff.co.nz, quoted a tweet Modi sent out as saying: “I have seen the judgment. All I want to say at the moment is that we are appealing the judgment.”
Justice David Bean of the London High Court, who ruled the verdict in favour of Cairns, granted Modi leave to appeal, but, only against the amount of damages.
However, Modi, intends to make an application to the court, which could possibly see it overturn the final verdict decided.
Modi’s public relations officer, Phil Mepham, announced that the former commissioner’s appeal would be handed in before the April 20 deadline.
“The appeal is in the process of being lodged and will be done before the April 20 deadline. There is no advantage or disadvantage to it being lodged either sooner or later, so will be submitted once the technical details behind the appeal have been agreed,” he said.
With Modi’s shocking announcement of wanting to challenge the verdict of the court, the cricketing community will be keeping a close eye on how this saga will end.