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Stanford's cricket commitment in limbo

Texan billionaire Allen Stanford's commitment to cricket was mired in uncertainty on Wednesday after his spokeswoman said he was "evaluating his options" following reports he was turning his back on the game.
The Daily Mail newspaper said Stanford was pulling out of cricket after losing 40 million dollars on his million-dollar-a-man winner-takes-all match and associated series.
Stanford, the report added, was now poised to end his five-year-deal with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) after just a year.
His financial backing for West Indies cricket would also be terminated, the report said, adding he had axed his ambassadorial board of legends for the Super Series, including former West Indies captain Viv Richards, on Tuesday.
However, Stanford Twenty20 spokeswoman Julie Hodge, while confirming the end of the legends group, said he was still undecided about the future of the Super Series, which might continue in a new format.

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Stanford Super Series 2008-09: Stanford Superstars crush England in US$20 million Twenty20 match

The West Indies-based Stanford Superstars became instant millionaires when they trounced England by 10 wickets in the richest - and probably shortest - cricket match on Saturday.
For a winner-takes-all US$20 million bankrolled by American billionaire Allen Stanford, the Superstars routed England for 99 off 19.5 overs, then easily topped that by flaying 101 without loss inside 13 overs. Each of the victorious 11 Superstars - a West Indies all-star side - pocketed $1 million.
Fittingly, captain Chris Gayle ended the match in grand style by hoisting an Andrew Flintoff full toss over long-on to send his teammates racing onto the field to celebrate, and the crowd into a frenzy. England will go home with nothing, but know it has four more annual cracks at the cash after Stanford put up $100 million to fund his five-year Stanford Super Series.
Stanford Super Series, 2008-09: Stanford Superstars 101 for 0 beat England 99 all out by 10 wickets

Stanford Super Series 2008-09: Stanford Superstars crush Middlesex

The West Indies Super Stars XI defeated English county Middlesex by 58 runs on Thursday.
Middlesex opted fielding after winning the toss and put the West Indies Super Stars in trouble by capturing three early wickets for 66 runs.
However, Andre Fletcher holding one end intact took his team to 173-4 in the allotted 20 overs. The 20-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman remained not out at 90, slamming seven sixes and three fours in his brilliant innings lasting a mere 66 balls.
Sylvester Joseph was the second top-scorer with 29. Middlesex could not bat with confidence and the whole team were all out for 115.
Their top-scorer was Evan Morgan with 22 while Darren Powell, Darren Simmie and Dave Muhammad claimed two wickets each.
Stanford Super Series, 2008-09: Stanford Superstars 173 for 4 beat Middlesex 115 all out by 58 runs

Stanford Super Series 2008-09: England beat Trinidad and Tobago by one run

England beat Trinidad and Tobago by one run when Ravi Rampaul was run out going for a second run on the last ball of their Stanford Twenty20 Super Series match on Tuesday.
England made 141-6 and Trinidad 140-9 in the warmup for England's clash with the Stanford Superstars - a West Indies all-star side - for US$20 million on Saturday. Trinidad, which beat English Twenty20 champion Middlesex on Monday for $280,000, threatened England's total only after late fireworks from Denesh Ramdin, who hit 37 off 36 balls before he was out with two overs to go at 125-7 and Trinidad needing 17 to win.
Rampaul joined Samuel Badree for the last over with 10 required, and after a Badree boundary they needed two runs off the last delivery from Steve Harmison. Rampaul edged to third man, they made a run, but Owais Shah returned the ball for an easy run out, preventing the second run to tie the game and send it into a one-over bowl-off at Stanford Cricket Ground. Allrounder Andrew Flintoff capture 3-30 and Paul Collingwood took 2-11 in the middle overs.
Stanford Super Series, 2008-09: England 141 for 6 beat Trinidad & Tobago 140 for 9 by one run

Stanford Super Series 2008-09: Trinidad and Tobago beat Middlesex by 5 wickets

Darren Bravo hit a six in the last over to spur Trinidad and Tobago to a five-wicket win over English county champion Middlesex and claim the Stanford Twenty20 Champions Cup Monday.
Bravo shared a match-winning stand of 67 with West Indies wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin which helped Trinidad recover from a precarious 49 for four in the 11th over in reply to Middlesex's 117 for eight from 20 overs. Ramdin and Bravo, the brother of injured West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo - who watched the game with Trinidad team in the dressing room - took the total to 122 for five in 19.2 overs.
Left-hander Bravo ensured the win when he belted Tyron Henderson over mid-off for six, finishing with 27 from 24 balls. Trinidad collected US$280,000 for winning the cup, which is part of the buildup to the $20 million Twenty20 between England and the Stanford Superstars on Saturday.
Stanford Super Series, 2008-09: Trinidad & Tobago 122 for 5 beat Middlesex 117 for 8 by five wickets

Stanford Super Series 2008-09: England beats Middlesex in Super Series

Inspirational all-rounder Andrew Flintoff bowled a steady last over to help England defeat Middlesex by 12 runs in the second match of the Stanford Twenty20 Super Series.
With 18 runs needed off the last over, Flintoff (1-23) conceded just five runs as Middlesex top-scorer Dawid Malan, who made an unbeaten 41 from 33 balls, was unable to hit any boundaries, on Sunday. Flintoff helped England defend their modest 4-121 off 20 overs, restricting Middlesex reached 4-109 in reply.
Stanford Super Series, 2008-09: England 121 for 4 beat Middlesex 109 for 4 by 12 runs

Stanford Super Series 2008-09: Stanford Superstars win Super Series opener

The Stanford Superstars warmed up for their US$20 million showdown against England with a hard-fought victory by 22 runs over Trinidad and Tobago at the Stanford Cricket Ground on Saturday night.
Without being spectacular, the Stanford Superstars, minus key batsmen Chris Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul, were efficient in winning the first match of the Stanford Super Series before an encouraging crowd. Stand-in captain Sylvester Joseph provided a flurry at the end with an unbeaten 45 off 31 balls to guide his team to a competitive 146 for five and tall left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn stopped a promising Trinidad and Tobago response to help limit the opponents to 124 for eight.
Stanford Super Series, 2008-09: Stanford Superstars 146 for 5 beat Trinidad & Tobago 124 for 8 by 22 runs

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PCB to launch Pakistan Premier League in 2009

The Pakistan Cricket Board will launch a new look Twenty20 domestic tournament next year on the lines of the Indian Premier League, offering franchises of city-based teams to sponsors and companies.
A senior official of the board said that this year's Twenty20 competition, which has been delayed until August 10, would be the last time that the popular domestic event would be held on regional basis and without team sponsors. "From next year, we will offer franchise of teams like in the IPL to interested companies and individuals and work has already begun in this direction," the official said.
He said the Twenty20 national championship would also be expanded to possibly include foreign players.
"But that will definitely depend on the sort of money the companies and individuals buying the franchise of teams are willing to offer for overseas players," the official said. He said the board had, however, decided to have a mandatory rule that every city team would have at least four under-19 players in their playing eleven in a bid to promote new talent and give them exposure alongside established players.
He said PCB's marketing department had already started the groundwork for a Pakistan Premier League but everything would depend on the response from sponsors and companies. He said the board would offer exclusive television rights of the Twenty20 event in its package of international television rights which would be up for bidding this year.
"The fact is that Twenty20 leagues are now a popular form of cricket and we don't want to lag behind other countries in this regard," he said.

England in talks with US billionaire to rival IPL

English cricket officials began several days of talks with an American billionaire Tuesday in a last-ditch bid to set up a rival to the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The talks between the Antigua-based Allen Stanford and the top brass of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) come just four days before the billion dollar-IPL championship kicks off in Bangalore Friday. Stanford, who runs a Twenty20 league in the Caribbean and requested the meeting, is thought to be a potential partner of the ECB.
ECB chairman Giles Clarke is reported to have been sufficiently "intrigued" by the Texan-born billionaire's offer to discuss it with English players at a meeting in New Zealand last month.
Before Tuesday's meeting, he said: "We don't want a knee-jerk reaction to the IPL but we believe that we can set up a robust, spectator-friendly, economically sustainable competition of our own which will not cut across the core revenue streams of Test and one-day international cricket." Although details of Stanford's offer are not known, the Times newspaper said he could be wishing to express an interest in any international dimension of a new league to be introduced at the height of the English summer.
It said England has the inherent advantage of its cricket season coming at what is the low point of the cricket year for other nations for climate reasons. The ECB's meeting with Stanford will also include discussion about a Stanford 20/20 challenge during England's tour of West Indies next year. Clarke is expected to attend the IPL launch along with ECB chief executive David Collier and commercial director John Perera.

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