21 October, 2020

The Quick-Fix Agent

The Stephen Fleming-Chris Lewis disclosures point to an Indian with a 'conman' reputation

The Quick-Fix Agent

HE used to get his own pictures published in Indian newspapers eulogising himself as an up-and-coming filmstar. He's held press conferences announcing he's getting Bjorn Borg and Jimmy Connors to play in India. Last week, according to London tabloid

News of the World , it was him, Aushim Khetrapal, proprietor of Radiant Sports Management, who made an offer of £300,000 to former English cricketer Chris Lewis to persuade English players Alec Stewart and Allan Mullaly to throw a Test match against New Zealand in August.

Lewis was apparently asked by Khetrapal to offer similar sums to wicketkeeper-batsman Stewart and fast bowler Mullaly for dropping catches and bowling wides respectively. Lewis's encounter with Khetrapal took place in the shop of West London newsagent Kamlesh Patel. Says Lewis, who has been a long-time acquaintance of the Patels, "I was introduced to people who offered what they called a business proposal—but it was a bribe wrapped up as a business proposition. If they are offering £300,000 at the bottom of the chain then there must be...



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