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Chris Lewis
"I stand by everything I said on the matter"
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Friday, 28 April, 2000, 15:25 GMT 16:25 UK
Lewis stands by 'fixing' claims
Chris Lewis wants to put the episode behind him
Leicestershire all-rounder Chris Lewis says he has no regrets about making allegations of match-fixing in English cricket.

Lewis claimed, in a Sunday newspaper, that three England players had taken money to influence matches.

His comments prompted an official inquiry into the matter - though the England and Wales Cricket Board later announced no action would be taken.

What I said last week I completely stand by.

Chris Lewis
The former England player's comments have been heavily criticised, but Lewis was in no mood to offer any apologies.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, he said: "I was at the meeting with the ECB and I'm well aware what happened.

"A lot of people have said various things with regards to me and the whole situation.

"But the fact of the matter is they have no idea what went on.

"What I said last week I completely stand by. People can play the politician all they want. I'm not vaguely interested."

'Nothing more to add'

Lewis said he now wanted to concentrate on his cricket. But he was clearly unhappy at the amount of criticism he had received.

The ECB had all the information

Chris Lewis
"Cricket is all that matters," he said. " And it's the only thing that's vaguely serious at the moment.

"It's a bit like a comedy circus to be perfectly honest and it's a bit surprising that people in their 40s and 50s have behaved like five-year-olds."

Responding to the news that the ECB had refused to make the notes of his meeting with them public, Lewis said the organisation had a lot to learn.

"The ECB had all the information. Had they come out and said that in the first place, none of this would have been necessary," he said.

"There were notes taken, I have no problems if the ECB wants to publish them. But the whole thing is getting silly and there's nothing more to add."

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