One cricket match for $5 million

It’s the largest prize money ever in the history of cricket! It’s more than the World Cup, more than the Champion’s Trophy, more than any tri series.

The Stanford 20/20 Super Stars will take on the South Africa cricket team in a colossal five million US dollar clash in November at the Stanford Cricket Ground in Antigua.

It is no double header, no best-of-three, no series, it is a single clash – two teams, one game, five million US dollars – winner takes all!

The competition is part of Antiguan financier Allen Stanford’s quest to revive Caribbean cricket and renew the region’s passion for the sport.

The Stanford 20/20 Super Stars will comprise the most outstanding players of the Stanford 20/20 Tournament to be staged in July and August also at the Stanford Cricket Ground. This tournament, the largest ever in the Caribbean, will bring together 19 teams from across the region in a single elimination competition for a grand prize of one million US dollars.

The Stanford 20/20 Super Stars will be hand-selected by the 14 Stanford cricket legends who also comprise the Board of Directors for the tournament.

The South African team has already confirmed their participation through the South Africa Cricket Board.

‘This historic Stanford Super Stars match against South Africa will be the exclamation point on what will have been an exciting fast-paced tournament,’ said Stanford. ‘The members of this Super Star team will be the cream of the crop from the 240+ players that we will see during the tournament in July and August. Some of the people on this team will have never been heard of before, but after this match their names will go down in the annals of cricket history.’

The legends are also very excited about the lucrative match. ‘This is an awesome opportunity for the cricketers in the Caribbean and they should be very excited by the prospect of being chosen for the Super Star team,’ said Desmond Haynes. ‘The players that are a part of this Super Star team will be a part of history and it will be something that they will cherish forever’.

Ian Bishop also felt it was an amazing opportunity, ‘the international interest in this match will be unrivalled for a match of this nature, it is already making headlines around the world as is the regional tournament and it has not even started as yet!’

The South Africans are one of the best at the shortened format of the game. Earlier this year they set a world One Day International record by chasing down 434 to beat Australia in what was the greatest run chase in the history of one-day cricket. The Proteas have developed a team of high-quality batsmen, dynamic all-rounders, crafty bowlers and world-class fielders.

The match will be televised around the region and internationally and is sponsored by Caribbean Sun and Caribbean Star airlines. ENDS

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 and 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 over the coming months up to November 2006, at which time a Stanford Super-Star team will be selected by the legends to play one match each against the South African Cricket Team. This will be a winner-takes-all competition and the grand prize in each match will be US$5 million. 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 $5 million in support for them, financially and otherwise. Each country’s governing cricket body has received US$100,000 to be used for facilities improvement, training and other development of the team and its members. An additional US$10,000 stipend per month will be given to support the players and coaches, and US$5,000 per month will be disbursed to be used strictly for maintenance and upkeep of each country’s facilities. Stanford will has hired a full time nutritionist and a professional athletic trainer 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 territories 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 U.S. Virgin Islands.

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