LONDON (AP):New Zealand cricket captain Brendon McCullum has given evidence in a London court alleging the former star allrounder Chris Cairns approached him with a “business proposition” that involved match fixing.Former New Zealand international Cairns is accused of lying during a libel action against Indian Premier League founder Lalit Modi and is facing charges of perjury and perverting the course of justice.McCullum and former Australia captain Ricky Ponting are among the cricketers who have been called to give evidence.Britain’s Press Association reported yesterday that McCullum told the Southwark Crown Court he was in Kolkata, India in April 2008 when he received a phone call from Cairns, who wanted to discuss a business proposition and asked him to meet at his hotel.McCullum said he was shocked when Cairns laid out the plan, saying he thought of the former New Zealand allrounder “as a friend I looked up to and someone I trust”.He said Cairns asked him if he knew anything about spot fixing in cricket, which is where players can manipulate the scoring rate either as a bowler or a batsman.”I was shocked. I sort of thought he may have been joking, but I quickly became aware that he was not joking. He said that everybody is doing it; all the big boys are doing it. Will you take it on?” McCullum was quoted as saying.McCullum said he rejected the approach in a later phone call, saying: “I wish I had said no straight away. I could not comprehend that Chris would put me in a position which would risk my future in the game.”In 2010, Modi used a social media account to accuse Cairns of fixing a game in the now defunct Indian Cricket League, a rival Twenty20 competition to the IPL, in 2008.Cairns sued Modi in London for libel and was awarded damages but is now subject to the perjury action.
GARDA forensic experts are at the scene of house in Churchill today where a man’s body was found last night.The dead man, who was in his 60s, was pronounced dead at Letterkenny General Hospital last night.The man was well known in the area. “Gardai are treating this incident as an unexplained sudden death and as such are investigating it,” stressed one source, “however we don’t suspect a crime at this stage.”Local people say they are shocked at the death of the man.The scene around the house has been sealed off and a technical examination is continuing.“Everyone is waiting to see what the guards find out,” said one Churchill resident today, “the dead man would be well known around here and beyond and it is hard for us to take it.” A post mortem will be carried out later today but at this stage Gardai are not treating the incident as suspicious. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyGARDAI INVESTIGATE DEATH OF MAN AT HOUSE IN CHURCHILL was last modified: June 17th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal deathGARDAI INVESTIGATE DEATH OF MAN AT HOUSE IN CHURCHILL