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Ex-Kiwi star Cairns' mom expresses relief over son' s libel case win against ex-IPL chief Modi

March 28, 2012 - Belfast (Ireland)

Former New Zealand fast bowler Chris Cairns' mother Sue Wilson has expressed relief over her son's legal victory against former Indian Premier League boss Lalit Modi in a match-fixing case.

During Cairns' bitter libel case against Modi, another former Kiwi bowler, Dion Nash, provided comfort to Wilson, in a bid to assuage her understandable anxiety.

It mattered little to Wilson that Nash did it after his own mother implored him to.

"It just meant so much to me to hear someone like him say that it just did not add up, that the testimony, much of it which was new to me and so hard to hear, just did not add up," quoted Wislon, as saying.

Just how much it didn't add up was revealed to her on Saturday, well before the news was broadcast around the world.

Wilson was one of the first people Cairns called to deliver the news he had promised he would; that "he'd won".

"He was emotionless but added he could not believe he had beaten such a big guy," said Wilson.

During the trial, Wilson instigated a self-imposed ban on talkback radio.

She said that the last month has been more difficult than she ever could have imagined.

She got through it thanks to calls from Chris Cairns after each day's proceedings.

His message was always the same: "things are going to be OK mum". Despite that she was "just so relieved" when she was told the news.

Wilson said she could now get on with her life but could not help wondering about Modi's motives. And more importantly, as a mother, whether "he has got children too and whether he would like to see his children go through the same thing I have".


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