Sir Allen Stanford and the Englishman’s Wife

Sir Allen Stanford

Whether people agree or not, 20/20 is the future of Cricket. I say this because in the real world of sports money talks louder than the traditionalist. 20/20 Cricket promoted by billionaire Sir Allen Stanford, has taken the gentleman’s game of cricket to a new commercial level very few sports enjoy. Tomorrow, 1st November 2008, the West Indies Stanford Superstars 20/20 team will play England in a US $20M match where the winner will take all. This means every player of the winning team will receive $1 million US. 20/20 may hardly resemble traditional test cricket and the limited 50 over game but it is intensely entertaining and may just be what the Americans will order if it is on the menu.

The tournament has not been without the customary controversy and it was reported in the Trinidad Guardian yesterday that the inaugural winner-takes-all series has been marred by controversy since it began last weekend. Stanford was forced to apologize for his behavior during England’s opening victory over Middlesex on Sunday after he was pictured with Matt Prior’s wife seated on his lap and his arms around other wives and girlfriends. Sir Allen said he didn’t mean to discriminate but he could not accommodate others on his lap since he is not a very big man so he had to hug the rest. I think Matt Prior’s wife is bold enough to make decisions and I suppose sitting on a billionaire’s lap has its unique advantages and thrills. Seriously though, I think she sat with the best of intentions and Stanford had only the good of the Game on his mind. But, my advice to the English team and public is an old Trinidad and Tobago saying  “yuh cah fraid power if yuh want tu play mas” or in the Queens English “If You Can’t Stand The Heat, Stay Out Of The Kitchen, Please.”

13 thoughts on “Sir Allen Stanford and the Englishman’s Wife

  1. OMG ….. every day something happens …. that makes me feel more daft ….. I am waiting for the match tuh start ….. listening to Joel (Villafana) and Lester (whoever) chatting ….. and I only just realise what 20/20 means ….. LOL ….. clueless!!!

    anyway ….. I’m obviously rooting for the superstars …… LOVE LOVE LOVE Chris Gayle!

  2. Wuzdescene, 20/20 is the future, maybe not the whole future but an important part of it 🙂

    It was awesome and Chris Gale and the team was in a 20 million dollar form 🙂 I could not have imagined a better way to win.

    Lilandra, as for England, I think they started with excuses long before the first ball was bowled. England, it is rumored, resented the fact that a West Indian (not by birth but by belief) could be in charge of a competition that was so big they almost got lost its grandeur and prize. Or maybe England was simply outplayed in every respect. Even Trinidad and Tobago basically outplayed England a few nights ago. To me that was extremely embarrassing to the English team.

  3. what…only they could run big competitions?
    they still played abysmally
    maybe the best to think about them is they are an abysmal team?
    or that we just awesome atm

  4. The Stanford Superstars aka the West Indies is awesome atm. But the English team played like whimps. I think there are member countries of the ICC who are very anti-Stanford because he is/was American and was able to do in a few years what they(ICC members) have not been able to do for a lifetime – inject new life into the game. The English even used the lap-sitting incident as one of the excuses for their abysmal performance, almost as if people were forced to sit and wave on other people’s laps. The Stanford Superstars were picked by the Stanford selection committee and thankfully not by the WICB. They trained like no other WI team ever trained and this focus and talent stumped England way out their crease.

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