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Brendon McCullum: Ricky Ponting was present when Chris Cairns approached

London: Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting was present when New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum received a "business proposition" from ex-Black Caps star Chris Cairns, he told a London court yesterday.

Ricky Ponting
Ricky Ponting

Appearing at Cairns' perjury trial via video link from Australia, Ponting, 40, said that he had been in a hotel room with McCullum in India in 2008 when the New Zealander received a phone-call from Cairns.

Ponting said that when McCullum told him it was a "business" matter, he "didn't ask any more questions".

McCullum had previously told the court that Cairns' proposition concerned spot-fixing.

Former all-rounder Cairns, one of New Zealand's greatest ever players, denies one charge of perjury and one charge of perverting the court of justice.

Ponting told Southwark Crown Court: "I was staying with Brendon in the (Kolkata Knight Riders) team hotel in Calcutta in 2008 on the eve of the first IPL (Indian Premier League) tournament.

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