West Indies cricket legends and Stanford 20/20 board of directors members Lance Gibbs, Ambassador Courtney Walsh and Richie Richardson are arriving in Bermuda to work with the Bermuda Cricket Board (BCB) and National Coach, Gus Logie, at a specifically customized coaching clinic for the National training squad as part of Bermuda’s preparation for the upcoming Stanford 20/20 Tournament in July and the ICC World Cup in 2007.
The camp is a complete development program and has an additional focus on the visiting legends’ areas of expertise, namely spin bowling, fast bowling and batting. Reginald Pearman, President of the BCB, is excited about having the legends visit and believes the camps will be an integral part of the comprehensive National Training Plan the BCB has developed to produce the best from its players.
‘We have the best of the best in Lance, Courtney and Richie, and we are looking forward to learning from them, players and coaches alike,’ said Pearman. ‘We are very grateful that the Stanford organization has recognized the importance of preparing the individual competitor countries and their willingness to invest in the various jurisdictions to help make a permanent improvement in the game of cricket in the region. It is rather ironic too, as we are going up against Jamaica in the Stanford 20/20 Tournament and here we are being coached by Ambassador Courtney Walsh of Jamaica! What a twist of fate if ever there was one!’
Pearman went on to express confidence in Walsh’s willingness to impart his knowledge and expertise despite his loyalty to his country, and says that he thinks Bermuda’s bowlers will especially benefit from his teaching of the slower ball which will help them to ‘knock over Jamaica in the tournament!’
National Coach Gus Logie expanded on his itinerary for the coaching and development camp. ‘This camp represents an opportunity to provide concentrated support and skill development for our squad. The schedule is very broad ranging and I am excited to be able to work with the three legends. During the camp we will be able to cover fast and spin bowling, mental sessions, nutritional seminars as well as utilizing the technological software analysis tools that we recently secured from the ICC.’
Visits such as these are part of Stanford 20/20 creator Allen Stanford’s goal to have the 19 participating teams as well prepared as possible to face each other in July in Antigua. To supplement his US$6 million investment in local cricket around the region, the Antiguan financier will also be providing the teams with access to two physical trainers, and a nutritionist who will work to ensure that players are in tip-top condition.
Bermuda faces Jamaica on Friday, 21 July.
ABOUT THE STANFORD 20/20 TOURNAMENT
The Stanford 20/20 Tournament is the brainchild of Antiguan financier and developer Allen Stanford. The tournament will take place in Summer 2006 and feature 19 Caribbean countries all vying for the top spot and the top prize: US$1 million.
The Stanford 20/20 is a single elimination knockout competition where the winning team will receive US$1 million and the second place finisher US$500,000.
The cricket boards of the top two teams will receive US$200,000 and US$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 US$25,000 while the Man of the Match in the final game will receive US$100,000.
Stanford has also put together a US$28 million budget that will be invested in cricket in the region up to November 2006, at which time 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 with a US$5 million grand prize in each match.
In order to create an atmosphere for each of the nations to excel within the tournament and to ensure their long-term development, Stanford has included over US$5 million in support for them, financially and otherwise. Each country’s governing cricket body has received US$100,000 to be used for improvement of facilities, training and other development of the team and its members. An additional US$10,000 stipend per month will be given to support the team, and US$5,000 per month will be disbursed to be used strictly for maintenance and upkeep of each country’s facilities. Stanford will also be hiring a full-time nutritionist and four professional athletic trainers to travel around the region regularly in order to train the teams and assist them wherever needed.
Stanford has enlisted the support of 14 cricket legends who will act as ambassadors for the tournament, advancing the philosophy behind the event, assisting with the promotion of the competition throughout the region and supporting the participating countries. These men are Clive Lloyd, Lance Gibbs, Ian Bishop, Sir Everton Weekes, Desmond Haynes, Courtney Walsh, Sir Vivian Richards, Sir Garfield Sobers, Gordon Greenidge, Joel Garner, Wes Hall, Richie Richardson, Curtly Ambrose and Andy Roberts.
The 19 countries which will be participating in the competition are Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, Nevis, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, the British Virgin Islands, St. Maarten, St. Vincent, Trinidad & Tobago and the US Virgin Islands.
Airfare (sponsored by Stanford-owned Caribbean Star Airlines and Caribbean Sun Airlines), team uniforms and equipment, expenses and accommodations will be provided for each team.
Record year for DHL Rooster Shootout
Setting Tournament records was the standard for the 3rd Annual DHL Rooster Shootout. A record number of anglers, 128, fished from a record number of registered boats, 32, and a Tournament Record Yellowfin Tuna was weighed in on the first day of the tournament, 98# 13 oz caught by lady angler Harriet Ebanks aboard Run Things II captained by Ferris Ebanks.
The awards banquet took place at the Royal Palms with record attendance showing sportsmanship and support to the anglers that won prize money.
Prizes for the DHL Rooster Shootout were as follows:
• Third place Wahoo is 46 lbs. 3 ozs was caught by Lee Foster fishing on Brac Rebel and earns a check for US$1,500.
• Third place Yellow Fin Tuna is 65 lbs 13 ozs was caught by Adroy Ebanks fishing on
• Run Things II, and earns a check for US$1,500.
• Third place Dolphin is 24 lbs 0 ozs was caught by Andrew McCartney fishing on Bird Chaser and earns a check for US$1,500.
• Second place Wahoo is 46 lbs. 6 oz. was caught by Charles Ebanks fishing on Run Things and earns a check for US$3,000
• Second place Yellow Fin Tuna is 90 lbs. 13 oz. was caught by Daniel Stewart fishing on Outcast and earns a check for US$3,000
• Second place Dolphin is 25 lbs. 13 oz. was caught by David Alberga fishing on Miss Nicole and earns a check for US$3,000
• Heaviest Wahoo is 50 lbs 3 oz was caught by Andres Resocuarta fishing on Oh Boy! and earns a check for US$5,000.
• Heaviest Yellow Fin Tuna is 98 lbs 13 oz, setting a Rooster Shootout Tournament Record, was caught by Harriet Ebanks fishing on Run Things II and earns a check for US$5,000.
• Heaviest Dolphin is 32 lbs 10 oz was caught by Jack Hunter fishing on Naut Wukin and earns a check for US$5,000.
The weigh station at the Cayman Islands Yacht Club held great attendance for the three days of the tournament. There were 17 Yellow Fin Tunas, 12 Wahoos, & 5 Dolphin weighed. Spectators could see the new Mercpanga boats courtesy of Scott’s Marine, and enjoy Appleton rum at the bar. If one was unable to make it to the Yacht Club for weigh-in, regular updates were provided on Rooster 101 courtesy of Heinz. In an ‘exciting’ partnership this year, the DHL Rooster Shootout teamed up with Meals on Wheels to raise funds for the progam that provides so many meals to people on the island.
A portion of the proceeds from the tournament will be donated to Meals on Wheels.