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News: Stanford to involve new countries…

Looks like Allen Stanfords plans were in line with what we had been wondering, and suggesting.

In the 2007 tournament, Cuba and Turks (a 20K pop country) are going to be included.

There will be no funding for Cuba because of US govt restrictions, but support would be provided in other ways (?)

More interestingly, both Peurto Rico and Dominican republic will also be given this mysterious support, and they are expected to take part in the 2009 competition.

I think this is truly amazing for expansion of cricket, and particularly the Caribbean. One country that for some reason is missing out is Suriname. They are definitely better than Cuba, Dominican and Peurto Rico in terms of standard. I am surprised at why they were overlooked.

You may be seeing a different structure in a few years for this tournament, with the knockout matches giving way to league type matches for the initial stages. I think Stanford would want to have this tournament be at least 3 months long in a season. If somehow he can have that during the summers, it would be the best time for the WI players to not get into issues with the WI international program.

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  1. Cuen Lucas
    July 5, 2007 at 8:49 am

    Allen Stanford has really come in with some exciting initiatives over the past couple of years, and this is no exception. 🙂

    I think he plans to assist the Cuban team
    by finding out what they need, then getting it himself and donating it to them, as opposed to giving them the money to do it themselves.

  2. July 5, 2007 at 9:21 am

    Suriname haven’t been included due to their location in South America. I know Guyana are in South America too, but they are part of the West Indies.

  3. July 6, 2007 at 1:51 am

    Cuba, Dominican, or Puerto Rico are not part of WI either….. and on the other hand, Belize is.

    I dont see the logic of your explanation.

  4. July 6, 2007 at 2:32 am

    But those countries are part of the Caribbean. Belize isn’t. The tournament is a Caribbean tournament, with Guyana included due to their historical connections with the West Indies.

  5. Ram
    July 6, 2007 at 4:47 am

    And..not to forget the exposure people of these participating countries will get of the sport through the weekly TV show that’s been planned…Hopefully, some profit can be made from this venture for the sake of its future well being…It would be interesting whether this tournament will expand so that South/North American countries can also be roped in a couple of years down the line…

    The ICC should coordinate with this effort and help these new countries with a more rigorous path to development…Afterall, money will not be an issue, atleast for the first few years…

  6. July 6, 2007 at 5:23 am

    I think the ICC should stay out of it. Let the guy make money off this venture. It is better for explansion of cricket, for the players in these countries, and also for Stanford.

    ICC will indirectly benefit a lot.

  7. Ram
    July 6, 2007 at 6:37 am

    I’m not sure if a private initiative such as this can setup the cricketing infrastructure in a fledgling country like Cuba or Dom Rep on its own…To put such good funding to full use, these countries will need many highly qualified coaches to carry out their development programs, which only the ICC may be able to provide as a startup…Not only that, ICC’s presence can have beneficial effects some time down the line…But, I agree that their involvement should be cursory and should not have any financial involvement in this…

  8. Rich B
    July 7, 2007 at 5:27 am

    It’ll certainly be interesting to see how much difference private investment can make in developing cricket in new countries.

    In terms of Stanford himself, you never know. If he catches the development bug and starts making a profit out of cricket in places like Puerto Rico, investment in the rest of the Americas might not be such a long shot, at least in the long term.

  9. Frank Farchione, Melbourne, Australia
    July 8, 2007 at 10:38 pm

    Andrew & Nasir,

    First of all it has nothing to do with being part of WI/Caribbean. Stanford now wants Australia to compete – strange but true.

    BTW, Suriname & French Guiana are culturally and geographically as much a part of the Caribbean/West Indies as Guyana or Belize. Suriname (strange they are not there) has as much right to be included as Cuba, Puerto Rico or Dom Republic (Nasir, these countries geographically are part of the West Indies despite the fact that they are not part of the West Indies cricket domestic set up).

    Andrew, going on your logic, Bermuda should not be included either as it is not actually in the Caribbean Sea at all. Well north of it in fact.

  10. July 9, 2007 at 1:52 am


    The australian inclusion is different. It is AFTER the completion of the intra caribbean series….. after the completion of the intra caribbean series, Stanford all stars would take on other teams……. this plan was there last time as well, but there was a fall out with WICB when there was some scheduling conflict…… I think it was SA that was supposed to compete in the $5mil knockout game……

    I think, for a broader definition, all countries either IN or touching the caribbean sea can be called …. well… caribbean countries 🙂

  11. Frank Farchione, Melbourne, Australia
    July 9, 2007 at 4:59 am


    I was not aware of this as far as Australia’s inclusion goes. A nice concept I think (i.e. Aus vs. Caribbean All-Stars). Thnak-you for the tip.

    I also agree with you, any country near the Caribbean is a Caribbean country by broad definition.

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