Cricket con man Allen Stanford claims England stars are ‘still calling him’ in prison

Convicted of running a notorious $7 billion Ponzi scheme, Stanford orchestrated a winner-takes-all T20 match in England just a year before he was accused of fraud by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Allen Stanford is serving a 110-year prison sentence after being found guilty of running the second largest Ponzi scheme in history
Allen Stanford is serving a 110-year prison sentence after being found guilty of running the second largest Ponzi scheme in history

Allen Stanford is currently serving a 110-year prison sentence after being convicted of fraud in 2012 and allegedly still being contacted by England stars.

Stanford was accused of running a $7 billion (£5.7 billion) Ponzi scheme, the second largest in history and separate from cricket, and was convicted on 13 of 14 counts. After moving to the Caribbean, Stanford got involved in cricket and badly financed the 2008 Stanford Super Series after the opening of the IPL season, which saw many stars racking up millions for more than six weeks of work.

Only one Englishman, Dimitri Mascarenas, took part in the tournament – he had nothing to do with Stanford other than playing – with the European Central Bank refusing to allow players contracted in England to take part. In an effort to quell turmoil from their top stars over lucrative contracts being rejected, the European Central Bank has partnered with Stanford in a tournament that will culminate in a grand final where England will face the Stanford Superstars.

Dubbed the “Stanford 20/20 vs. 20”, the match was a winner-takes-all match with a cash prize of $20 million. The 11 winners will net $1 million each, with $2 million shared between the rest of the team and backroom staff and the remaining $7 million between the ECB and WICB.

The tournament was an embarrassing cash grab by the European Central Bank and a grotesque vanity scheme for Stanford, who famously landed his helicopter at Lords and stood alongside cricket legends like Ian Bothham and Viv Richards behind a glass case filled with $20 million.

During the competition, it became clear that the players of England were less enthusiastic than her. When asked if he was happy to lead England in the championship, captain Kevin Petersen offered a huge endorsement when he answered: “I should be”.







Stanford is partnering with the European Central Bank and WICB to organize a profitable T20 cycle just one year before it is mandated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
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In the end, England were embarrassed in the final as they went out for only 99, lost by 10 wickets and left nothing. Just a year later, Stanford was indicted by the Securities and Exchange Commission for investment fraud and his involvement in cricket ended.

Petersen later called him “Bagh Sleighbag” and said he was “very uncomfortable with everything at Stanford”. Despite this, Stanford labeled Petersen a “first-class individual” in a rare interview from prison and claimed that some England players involved in the Super Series had been in contact with him.

“Many players are in contact,” Stanford told the Daily Mail. “I don’t know if they want me to mention their names.







England were embarrassed by the Stanford Superstars and lost $20 million in the winner’s match
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“The messages. They made me feel so good. I answered their questions completely honestly and candidly, and we are still communicating.

“Let’s just say I have several players that I consider dear friends and relatives. In terms of connectivity where we communicated back and forth and we still communicate… They are eight players.”

When asked if any of these players were English, he replied, “Well [yes], but the majority are not. I had few, what I now consider to be strong friends, who understood what had happened and were supportive of it.”

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