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Lewis released from jail

Published:Wednesday | June 10, 2015 | 12:00 AM


Former England all-rounder Chris Lewis was released from prison yesterday after serving less than half of a 13-year sentence for a 2009 conviction for cocaine smuggling.

Lewis, who was born in Guyana, and co-accused, ex-basketball player Chad Kirnon, were found guilty of carrying a liquid form of the drug into Gatwick Airport on a flight from St Lucia.

Lewis said money concerns in 2008 had led to him attempting to smuggle £140,000 worth of dissolved cocaine into the UK.

"I became afraid of what the future held, and at that point, the thinking went awry," said the 47-year-old in an interview with the Professional Cricketers' Association.

"I made choices. They were the wrong choices and I say sorry for them. I've had six years in jail and, until recently, I would still look around and think, 'Wow, you're in jail'. That was not part of the plan. I never saw that coming."

All-rounder Lewis played 32 Tests and 53 one-day internationals for England.

He played county cricket for Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Surrey before retiring with a persistent hip injury in 2000, though he rejoined Surrey in 2008 to play in the Twenty20 tournament.