WICB’s shameless stature

Of course some may want to suggest that Stanford may well have wanted to be the man given the right to host the World 20/20 competition but the ICC may well have had other ideas and held it firmly within its grasp.
Stanford then had newer ideas. He began discussions with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and this involved in part, a five-year deal worth $17.5m USD.
In June of last year, Stanford’s plans appears to have included an agreement to fund and stage five annual $20m winner-takes-all Twenty20 games between a West Indies Superstars XI and England. All the matches would however, be played at his own Sticky Wicket home ground in Antigua and Barbuda. Of course the first of these came off this year but mired in controversy of one sort or another, in one instance forcing Stanford to issue a public apology.
In some circles it was stated that Stanford may well have been considering being the prospective backer of yet another competition – an annual four-team international 20/20 at Lord’s each year with effect from 2009.
It has also been suggested that Stanford pledged $130m USD to West Indian cricket over five years.
Stanford employed the grouping he dubbed ‘Legends’ that included Viv Richards, Garfield Sobers, Everton Weekes, Lance Gibbs, Wes Hall, Andy Roberts, Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, Richie Richardson, Joel Garner, Courtney Walsh and Curtly Ambrose. They were to have served as ambassadors for his series. These ‘Legends’ seemingly saw nothing wrong with what many among the sporting public saw as an offensive advertisement prepared for the first in the regional Stanford 20/20 series. The ‘Legends’ were all recently, summarily dismissed by Stanford ahead of his organisation’s review of his involvement in the sport.
Colin Croft, one of the region’s better bowlers but not one of the ‘Legends’ may well have expressed the feelings of many who looked to Stanford for the revival of the sport in the Caribbean. Croft noted, “I would be surprised, I would be disappointed. West Indies cricket needs Sir Allen Stanford. He has contributed to each of the individual territories, giving as much as $200,000 each year for the last two or three years, so everybody is going to lose if he is removed from the equation.”
The WICB may well be echoing the words spoken by Croft in light of its own consistent failure to do  something meaningful to save itself and the game in the Caribbean.