New 20/20 cricket for the Caribbean in 2006
Anew type of cricket tournament will bowl off in the Caribbean next year. Allen Stanford, businessman and developer in Antigua, last month announced the creation of a 20/20 tournament, which he hopes will revitalize the game in the region, along with the waning spirits of West Indies cricket fans everywhere.
Anew type of cricket tournament will bowl off in the Caribbean next year. Allen Stanford, businessman and developer in Antigua, last month announced the creation of a 20/20 tournament, which he hopes will revitalize the game in the region, along with the waning spirits of West Indies cricket fans everywhere. Before a group of international and regional cricket media, and surrounded by 12 West Indies cricket legends at The Pavilion Restaurant in Antigua, including Sir Garfield Sobers, Stanford presented the details of the Stanford 20/20 Tournament, which will take place annually beginning in Aug. 2006 and feature 17 Caribbean countries vying for the top spot and a first prize of $1 million. Stanford explained that the tournament will be a single elimination knock-out competition where the winning team will receive $1 million and the second place finisher $500,000; the cricket boards of the top two teams will receive $200,000 and $100,000 respectively, which must be used toward the development and improvement of the cricket facilities in those countries. In addition, the man-of-the-match in every game will receive $25,000 and the man-of-the-match in the championship game will receive $100,000. ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¦Ã¢â‚¬Å“I have been a part of the Caribbean community for over 20 years and I have witnessed firsthand the power that the game of cricket wields over the people in this region,ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Stanford said. ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¦Ã¢â‚¬Å“West Indies cricket is an almost tangible force which can unify an entire country, an entire group of people, no matter the differences that might exist off the field. RESURGENCE ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¦Ã¢â‚¬Å“...My vision Stanford 20/20 Tournament is that it will be the catalyst for a resurgence of love for the game, that it will signal the return to the glory days of cricket,ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â he added. Stanford also unveiled a $28 million budget that will be invested in cricket in the region over the coming months up to Nov. 2006. At that time, he explained, a Stanford Super- Star team will be selected by the legends to play one match each against two world-class teams to be named. This will be a winner-takes-all competition and the grand prize in each match will be $5 million. According to Stanford, the logistics of the tournament will be left to a technical advisory board, chaired by former West Indies great Andy Roberts, and comprised of professionals in the sport.