Oct 31, 2008

$20 million dollar twenty20 match- Stanford Super Series

Sir Allen Stanford's $20m Twenty 20 showdown between England and Stanford all star team(west indies in a different name).

It is hard to believe but yes its cricket. Cricketers have never had it so good. All they got to do is play a match for 3 hours to secure their finances for the rest of their life's.

But this is not an one off tournament.Over the next five years Sir Alan Stanford will put his own $100m (£50m) for annual one-off winner-takes-all Twenty20 matches in the Caribbean between an England XI and the Stanford All Stars, a team that will be drawn from leading West Indian players.

With so much money at stack the players involved will try their level best to get into the team for the $20 million dollar twenty20 match. The England players have shown their intention. Mr. Alastair Cook England's opening batsmen saying that his sole visit to the Caribbean is to gain the million dollars. Then Capitan KP stepped in by warning England players not to act like "clowns" should they win.

So a more sensible Cook could use his £550,000 to buy 5,188 cricket bats for an orphanage, build a stadium,roll-out artificial pitches or antique sets of stumps and bails.Come on what was KP thinking,this is 1 million dollars they will act like crazy if they ever win, I mean who wouldn't??

Apart from the money there will be some cricket played too, and yesterdays warm-up match was a thrilling match.With the super stars beating the Egland tema by 1 run. Today the Super stars beat Middlesex Crusaders county comprehensively by 58 runs in the 5th match of the standford series.So who are the lucky few who have the chance to make a million bucks.

England 1 Ian Bell, 2 Matt Prior, 3 Kevin Pietersen (capt), 4 Owais Shah, 5 Andrew Flintoff, 6 Paul Collingwood, 7 Samit Patel, 8 Luke Wright, 9 Stuart Broad, 10 Graeme Swann, 11 Steve Harmison.

So which means Cook has to dream some other day and poor James Anderson misses the cut too. I thought James Anderson will be in the final eleven as he is an regular in England's ODI squad but England are going with two spinners. Understandable as the pitches are generaly slow in the West Indies and the slower you bowl the harder it is to hit it.I don't know about the Stanford all star teams line up But my guesses are these players might be in the eleven as they performed well in the warm up games

*Daren Ganga (T&T), Shivnarine chanderpaul (T&T), Denesh Ramdin (T&T) , Dwayne Bravo (T&T),Slyvester Joseph (Antigua & Barbuda), Patrick Browne (Barbados), John Eugene (St. Maarten), Swenarine Chattergoon (Guyana), Andre Fletcher (Grenada), Dave Mohammed (T&T), Jerome Taylor (Jamaica), Daren Powell (Jamaica), Liam Sebastien (Dominica), Sulieman Benn (Barbados),Marlon Samuels (Jamaica) (for bowling, not batting),Xavier Marshall (Jamaica) and ofcourse Chris Gayle.

Some facts about the man who lured the English with Cash

Allen Stanford fact file

Born: March 24, 1950, Mexia, Texas
Role: Chairman of Stanford Financial Group
Net worth: $2bn
Ranked: 239th richest American
Knighted: November 2006, by the Antigua government. Also backs Stanford US Open Polo Championship, the Stanford Antigua Sailing Week and the PGA Tour Stanford St Jude Championship. He also sponsors tennis’ Masters Series.
Cricket: Stanford fell in love with it after living in the Caribbean for 20 years. Founded the Stanford 2020 in 2006 which he bankrolled to the tune of $28 million How to join cricket's new rich list Land ECB central contract and win bonuses - £500,000
Sign Indian Premier League contract - £1m
Win all five Stanford Twenty20 challenges - £2.5m

Lets hope we will get a match worth $20 million dollars

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