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Background: the origins of The Stanford Twenty20

Posted by elinord on October 29, 2008


American Dream


 

Devised and backed by Texan billionaire, Sir Allen Stanford, the Antiguan Stanford Super Series aims to see cricket thrive in the West-Indies.


 

Sport’s Tony Hodson wrote “Fuelled by the desire to help West Indian cricket, establish the name of his business and, no doubt, make money, Stanford is set to be a permanent fixture.”


 

One-off


 

However, with the world experiencing economic crisis, the one-of multi-million match could not have come at a worse time.

 

Pietersen acknowledges this “It’s a very difficult time for a lot of people…if we win I don’t want the team to go over the top with celebrations.”


 

Nasser Hussain, the former England captain, supports Stanford’s Super Series, “If he’s giving money for the future development of the sport, great.”


 

Sir Allen Stanford


 

The 58 year-old creator of the Stanford Super Series says he finds test cricket “boring”.


 

“Test cricket is the foundation, that’s where cricket came from. But Twenty20 is the future – that’s where the money is.”


 

Sir Allen Stanford is an American, billionaire and cricket lover. It is hard to believe that such a person exists, yet he does not hesitate to hide his blatant business venture.


 

Although he has established a significant presence in golf, polo, tennis, and sailing, cricket has become his largest endeavor since building The Stanford Cricket Ground in Antigua.

Caribbean cricket


 

He first began ploughing money into cricket at the Stanford Twenty20 tournament in 2006, where he brought Caribbean island teams together, before turning his attention to international fixtures.


 

As money is no object for Stanford, the entrepreneur surprised no-one with the 20 million dollar sporting venture. However, to host it in Antigua was also a deliberate choice for him as he lives in the US Virgin Islands and is a citizen in both Antigua and Barbuda.


 

England cricket coach, Peter Moores, agrees that Stanford has good intentions “the nice thing about the Stanford game is all about Sir Allen Stanford’s concern for West Indies Cricket. The winners will get a huge reward, but West Indies cricket will profit too.”

Elinor D. Davies (elinor.d.davies@my.westminster.ac.uk)

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