Cricket's Craziest Crime: The story of how Allen Stanford conned the cricket world (Paperback)
Allen Stanford is a man who lives by his own rules. From building an empire that conned people out of $8 billion to landing a helicopter in the centre of Lord's Cricket Ground, he never did anything by halves.
The true story of how Allen Stanford conned the cricket world.
When the FBI shut down one of his luxurious buildings in Houston, Texas, the world thought they had seen the year's most shocking news story. As information about dodgy dealings, side wives and $25 million parties began to emerge, people suddenly realised that there was a whole lot more to Allen Stanford's life.
To cricket fans, Stanford is the man who stood with members of the ECB as they posed for pictures in front of a Perspex box filled with $20 million in American bills. He is the man who proclaimed that he was going to save a sport that didn't need saving, and he was the guy who wanted to put the 'YEEHAW' into a game that he believed had gone stagnant.
Throughout this book, we will take an always interesting, sometimes humourous and plenty staggering look at the life of Sir Allen Stanford. We will cover his younger years at Baylor, where he pretended he was related to the founder of Stanford University, all the way up to his claimed amnesia soon after the FBI had cuffed him.
How did a man from Texas with no financial experience open up one of the largest off-shore banks in history? Why did it take the FBI and Scotland Yard so long to bring him to justice when they knew he was running a massive Ponzi scheme? What was going through the ECB's head when they allowed such a disgusting event as landing a chopper on the Nursery Ground to happen? And why is it the man who orchestrated it all just so damn entertaining to read about?