April 17, 2000

ECB summon Lewis to talks

ECB Statement

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) today announced that it would be meeting Chris Lewis tomorrow to discuss the comments he made in yesterday's News of the World.

The player will attend a meeting in London with the Chairman of the Discipline Committee, Gerard Elias, and the International Teams Director, Simon Pack.

Simon Pack said: "This is an extremely serious issue and therefore we shall be meeting with Chris Lewis tomorrow to discuss his comments in detail.

"As is well known, the ECB sought the assistance of the police as soon as it became aware of the match-fixing allegations concerning the England v New Zealand Test series last summer.

"The ECB cooperated fully with the police in their inquiries which included the interview of all England players, team management and match officials involved in the series. As a result, the police found nothing to implicate any player, member of management or match official in match-fixing.

"However, we have today contacted the police investigation team regarding the News of the World article and they have confirmed that they too will be seeking to interview Chris Lewis about this matter with some urgency."