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Guyana captain Ramnaresh Sarwan is all smiles Sunday night as he holds aloft the inaugural Stanford 20/20 championship trophy. (Pictures by Randy Brooks.)

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Reggae sensation Beenie Man has joined the legends of West Indies cricket in putting together the theme song for the most lucrative tournament in cricket history. The song, Let The Battle Begin, will also be performed by Patrice Roberts, an emerging calypsonian from TrinidadCricket and music will meet and greet during the Stanford 20/20 Cricket Tournament in Antigua later this year. Reggae sensation Beenie Man has joined the legends of West Indies cricket in putting together the theme song for the most lucrative tournament in cricket history. The song, Let The Battle Begin, will also be performed by Patrice Roberts, an emerging calypsonian from Trinidad, during the July 11 to August 13 competition in Antigua, which has a winner's prize of US$1 million. Here, Beenie Man (with bat) joins Stanford 20/20 legends from left Sir Garfield Sobers, Richie Richardson, Curtly Ambrose, Joel Garner, and Sir Everton Weekes during the recording session in Orlando, Florida.

Allen Stanford compliments of the Nation NewsTexan billionaire Allen Stanford, seeing himself as a West Indian, said: "We have a great product - our cricket - a rich history and legacy. In October 2005 I am going to make an announcement about something that is going to take place one year from now and I truly believe the announcement will be part of the re-emergence of cricket as a world-class, professional sport throughout the region."

Date October 04, 2005 Compliments of the Nation News
by Philip Spooner in Antigua

A West Indies dream team has been brought to board, with Allen Stanford pushing the new Stanford 20/20 cricket project aimed at re-energising the game in the region.

Front row from left are Sir Garry Sobers, Gordon Greenidge and Sir Viv Richards. Behind them from left are Richie Richardson, Ian Bishop and Desmond Haynes. In the back row are Courtney Walsh (left) and Curtly Ambrose

The galaxy of stars - Sir Garry Sobers, Sir Viv Richards, Sir Everton Weekes, Clive Lloyd, Lance Gibbs, Wes Hall, Andy Roberts, Joel Garner, Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, Richie Richardson, Courtney Walsh, Curtly Ambrose and Ian Bishop comprise the board of directors for the US$28 million project.

They will advise Stanford on matters related to the game and how to implement player-friendly programmes.

Former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd (right) being congratulated by billionaire Allen Stanford after Lloyd gave a speech in Antigua Speaking on behalf of the team yesterday, Lloyd, the former West Indies skipper, said the legends were extremely pleased to endorse the ideas which are aimed at improving the game in the region.

"This is a grand initiative," said Lloyd, who led the West Indies from 1974 to 1985.

"One that not just seeks to preserve the rich history of West Indies cricket, but is guaranteed to secure the future well into the 21st century and beyond.

"Comprehensively, this initiative is potentially the single greatest private sector investment in cricket since the Kerry Packer revolution. Like Packer, Stanford has recognised that West Indies cricket at its best has been under-valued and our players have long been grossly underpaid. This is great vision, and the West Indies have a lot to look forward to."

Sir Garry, the greatest player in the history of the game, also endorsed the new project,Sir Garry, the greatest player in the history of the game, also endorsed the new project, saying: "This is magnificent; what more can I say? I am very pleased to be part of it. Let's hope our cricket will make the leap forward from here."

The board met with Stanford for the first time on Sunday night and most said they were overwhelmed by the magnitude of the investment.

"These are the men I will be listening to for advice and guidance," Stanford said yesterday at the tournament launch. "They are the ones who brought glory to the region and the world and they deserve to be part of any project to revive the game."

He said the logistics of the tournament would be handled by the board, which would also deal with any team issues and manage the technical aspects of the competition, including the rules and regulations.

Date March 07, 2006 by Tony Cozier In AUCKLAND Compliments of the Nation News

Bennett King is elated over Allen Stanford's US$28 million investment in West Indies cricket.

"Certainly, the Stanford proposals and some of the things he's got in place actually aid our (team) development as well as aid development around West Indies cricket in general because of the resources they're putting into the (cricket) communities," the head coach said here yesterday.

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20/20 boosts Windies cricket - Roberts

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) - Former West Indies' fast bowler Andy Roberts has hailed the Stanford Twenty20 cricket project as a huge boost in assisting the development of West Indies cricket.

While praising the Antigua-based Texas billionaire's initiative, the Wisden Cricketer of the year in 1975 and former West Indies coach, chastised the WICB for failing to put the necessary funds in the development of West Indies cricket.

"Mr Stanford is doing it as a business, but in doing so he is helping to develop West Indies cricket, he is putting what the WICB has failed to do over the years, putting money into development of West Indies cricket," Roberts said.

Stanford is launching a multi-million dollar Twenty20 cricket series next summer in Antigua with 19 teams participating, and he is getting ready to disburse more than US$2 million in funds early next year to assist participating countries in developing their training programmes and preparing for the tournament.

Roberts, along with several other former West Indies players, is on the Stanford 20/20 tournament board of directors, and while in Trinidad briefing the national players and cricket officials, Roberts advised the WICB to grab Stanford's US$28 million venture wholeheartedly.< Read more >

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