Stanford brings riches and headaches
It really was a bizarre day at Lord's.
When Sir Allen Stanford landed his private helicopter on the Nursery End, the traditionalists would've left the ground wondering if this is a sensible venture that the ECB is embarking on.
My own view of Sir Allen, having talked to the man himself and people around him, is that he is a genuine West Indian cricket enthusiast. He has spent 26 years living in the Caribbean and really enjoyed being part of their success 20 years ago.
He certainly has a world plan - he is, after all, a global financier. He has the potential to take cricket to the States, he is American and could connect with people in the States like no-one has done before.
But I think he wants to make the West Indies a world force once again.
He is a very strong-willed individual and I'm quite convinced he is used to getting everything his own way, so it will be interesting to see how well the England and Wales Cricket Board work with him.
The £50m winner-takes-all, five-year deal suits everyone. It means the ECB now has extra leverage to keep England's cricketers away from the lure of the IPL, offering them a potential £500,000 for three hours of work.
Sir Allen was keen to emphasise the winner-takes-all aspect, but even if the England players lose, those with central contracts will still earn their monthly salary.
But the real problem will be team spirit and unity, especially the players who will miss out. And what would happen if a player dropped a match-winning catch on the last ball of a match? I shudder to think.
As a cricket traditionalist, I hate this whole business of money and financing dominating cricket. Sport is business, you can't be naïve. But we are talking huge sums never heard of before, so it's only natural the proposals have been met with scepticism from some quarters.
The Texan is also in the process of bringing a so-called Stanford international mini-series based in the UK in 2010, probably at Lord's, featuring England, a Stanford All-Stars XI and two other countries, likely to be Sri Lanka and New Zealand.
However, there is a massive difference between this series - a one-off match over five years - and the international Champions League proposal, which is basically a ruse of the BCCI to try and kill off the rebel Indian Cricket League and discredit its players.
Quite how the counties feel about having their selections influenced by India's powerbrokers, one can only imagine.
If it's managed properly, Twenty20 should bankroll international cricket for years to come.
However, if the administrators chase every dollar going, greed and opportunism will have killed the Golden Goose - and that will be a tragedy.
I'm interested in your views - will you be supporting this team against the Stanford All-Stars in the same way as you would a normal England team against the West Indies?
Or is it simply players earning vast quantities of money for themselves?