Allen Stanford, who was convicted of running a $7bn Ponzi scheme, infamously staged a winner-takes-all T20 match involving England just one year before he was charged with fraud by the SEC

Allen Stanford is serving a 110-year prison sentence after being convicted of running the second-largest Ponzi scheme in history

Allen Stanford is currently serving a 110-year prison sentence after being convicted of fraud in 2012 and has alleged England stars still contact him.

Stanford was accused of running a $7bn (£5.7bn) Ponzi scheme, the second-largest in history and separate from cricket, and was convicted on 13 of his 14 charges. After relocating to the Caribbean, Stanford got involved with cricket and infamously financed the 2008 Stanford Super Series following the inaugural IPL season, which saw several stars bank millions for just over six weeks work.

Just one Englishman, Dimitri Mascarenhas, was involved in the IPL with the ECB refusing to allow England contracted players to participate. In a bid to quell unrest from their top stars about the lucrative IPL contracts they were being denied, the ECB partnered with Stanford for a tournament that would culminate in a grand finale where England would face the Stanford SuperStars.

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