New Zealand: Former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns has vowed to take legal action against suspended IPL commissioner, Lalit Modi after the latter suggested he was involved in match-fixing.
The all-rounder's name was excluded from the auction list of the third edition of the IPL after Modi had written on Twitter that Cairns was omitted "due to his past record in match-fixing in the Indian Cricket League".
Cairns was part of that rebel league, played for Chandigarh Lions which has since been dissolved.He had threatened legal action against the suspended IPL commissioner in January, and now has pledged to go ahead with the proceedings.
"We are trying to have Modi served with papers. We're going through that process in India but it takes time to get through the court system. We're waiting for him, though," the 39-year-old told the New Zealand Herald.
"If he decides to go to the UK we'll have him served there but it is so difficult to know his movements - especially with all the turmoil he's embroiled in. It's frustrating but we've initiated the process and just have to wait."
Modi was suspended last month by the BCCI for irregularities in his management of the IPL.
Cairns said: "We need to go through the proper channels to find out what to do next. It was going to be tough anyway when you do something like this but we are left with no option.
He clarified that he has nothing against Modi and he just wanted to clarify everything and simply wants to protect his reputation.
"I still have to go through this to clear my name," Cairns added. "There's not much emotion or anything like that but it is sad I've had to go through this process."