Stanford stuns cricket

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How beneficial the Stanford Twenty20 was to anyone but the Caribbean Superstars who thrashed England by 10 wickets to claim the million dollars-a-man winner-takes-all prize, was a much-debated point.

In a year which saw the launch of the Indian Premier League, it was hard to think cricket could engage in a more nakedly commercial enterprise.

Yet from the moment Stanford arrived at Lord's in June with a box full of millions of dollars and proclaiming his Twenty20 'Super Series' could crack the US television market, the Texan billionaire's intentions were clear.

Stanford - who freely admitted he found Tests 'boring' - was slammed for bouncing the wife of one of the England players on his knee during the Antigua matches and by the end of the year he was reviewing his cricket commitments.

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