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Stanford set to join cricket's Twenty20 revolution

Stanford set to join cricket's Twenty20 revolution

The Texan billionaire behind a planned 10 million pound ($19.6 million) Twenty20 competition in the Caribbean will join the England and Wales Cricket Board for a news conference at Lord's on Wednesday and is expected to outline details of the tournament.
Allen Stanford, who wants to finance a winner-take-all series between England and an international All Star team, will join ECB chairman Giles Clarke and test greats Ian Botham and Viv Richards at the home of cricket for what is widely anticipated to be the unveiling of the tournament.
The ECB have been meeting with Stanford _ who runs his own Twenty20 tournament in the Caribbean _ for more than a month.
The advent of Twenty20 has revolutionized cricket, offering a result inside three hours and making it more attractive to broadcasters and to time-poor fans than the 50-over one-day format that came into vogue three decades ago or the more traditional five-day test matches.
The Stanford competition would add more dollars to the Twenty20 boom, which already has spawned lucrative sanctioned and rebel tournaments _ the IPL and the ICL _ in India this year that lured many of the world's top players to what essentially were franchises in a domestic league.
The creation of those tournaments came in the wake of India's win in the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa last year which sparked mass celebrations by Indian supporters who had not enjoyed such success at a global international tournament since winning the 1983 World Cup.
The England Cricket Board last weekend unveiled plans for a Twenty20 Champions League _ with a first prize of US$5 million _ featuring the top two clubs or provinces from each of the Australia, India, England and South Africa domestic competitions.


Updated : 2021-06-25 15:41 GMT+08:00