Former England cricketer to launch his autobiography soon

He was convicted of drug smuggling.

Former England cricketer Chris Lewis
Former England cricketer Chris Lewis. (Photo Source: The Telegraph)

There are heroes, and then there are forgotten heroes. One such forgotten hero is Chris Lewis, the former England cricketer. However, the forgotten name could be making headlines soon as the cricketer is soon to launch his autobiography which promises to be a captivating read. Since Kevin Pietersen’s autobiography, this book is being called the second most awaited cricketing autobiography in England.

The autobiography will narrate every minute detail of the cricketer’s life, his journey from Guyana to London in dreams of playing cricket, and all the obstacles he faced in his career. Lewis was an aggressive lower-order batsman, fast-medium bowler and an athletic fielder. But never quite lived up to his early potential. Later, he was also convicted of drug smuggling.


“Lewis will reveal for the first time his entire remarkable story, from arriving as a child from Guyana to London in 1978 with dreams of playing cricket, through his entire international career, his disastrous mistake and time spent inside, through to giving back to the game today,” his publisher Jason Ratcliffe said.

Book to reveal controversies 

Ratcliffe further revealed that it will be a tell-all book that will also talk about into the controversial incident of Lewis naming three English players in a match-fixing scandal in 1999. He was later jailed for 13 years for his involvement in cocaine smuggling in 2008. He tried his hand in different formats of the game after his jail sentence was over but could not achieve much.

“After retiring at 30 ‘in a huff’, he became a loner, caught between his former fame and fearful of his new reality,” Ratcliffe said. Lewis speaks of his involvement in the cocaine controversy in a statement to Mumbai Mirror.

“That decision will be what I am known for. It will determine who I am, or at least who I am perceived to be. Many will say, ‘Well, you will get your just desserts’. But that never really recounts the whole story, does it?” Lewis says in the statement.