Ghatkopar police arrested a conman on Thursday who cheated several amateur cricketers in 2012-13 by baiting them with a chance to play at the ‘international level’ with his bogus club, only if they were ready to give away little money.

According to the police officials, the accused, Anaash Jiyalal Yadav (22), has cheated more than 20 people of Rs 18.5 lakh, after luring them with offers to play for an Indian cricket club in a tournament organized at Johannesburg in South Africa.

Cops said that several sportsmen in Ghatkopar, Nehru Nagar and Vinoba Bhave Nagar in Kurla were cheated, following which a case was registered against the accused in December last year.

Yadav met these people on the cricket ground at Milind Nagar in Ghatkopar, where they used to practice. After gaining their trust, he lured them with the idea of performing at the highest level, and defrauded them.

According to the cops, the accused has collected R60,000 to R80,000 from each of his target players. So far, the cops have received complaints from around 20 players, and more are expected to approach them in the coming days, they said.