Stanford parade raises serious concerns
Everyone knew this week in Antigua would be controversial, interesting and a massive talking point, but it has exceeded expectation on every level.
Almost lost in the early days of the Wags and presidential walkabouts was the main reason we are here - the winner-take-all play-off on Saturday night.
Lost, that is, except in the England camp, where the tension has noticeably heightened in the last few days.
There, two facts the media has been discussing for weeks have now hit home: that nobody gives you $1m for nothing; and they are in a no-win situation.
If they scoop the cash on Saturday, they will genuinely feel uncomfortable about it (in sharp and unfair contrast to their opponents, incidentally who do not have any of this baggage) and if they lose, some players feel that people at home will actually be pleased.
I have some sympathy for them, too, because they have been put in this position by the ECB.
However, a rare word of support for the board on this aspect (and only this aspect) I can guess what the players' reaction would have been had they heard in June that the ECB had been in a position to play this game with its massive prize money, but turned it down.
There is no doubting what he has already done for cricket in this part of the world - and he aims to do a lot more. This week, though, he and his camp have made a series of surprising blunders.
Although this is staged in Antigua, they failed to recognise the audience they had to convince this week will be sitting at home in England.
We do not yet know the full depth of the association between the ECB and Stanford and everyone, including the MCC and the county chairmen, needed reassurance.
Therefore the PR gaffes have been disastrous.
I do accept that there is a cultural difference here, and that the Caribbean cricket experience is entirely different to ours, but you would have thought that for this week at least, Stanford would have kept a low profile, remained out of the England dressing room and left us all to leave on Sunday wondering what the fuss had been about.
Frankly, having given a series of excellent interviews on Thursday, I was astonished to see Stanford on his walkabout again later in the evening.
It is not that he goes into the crowd - but that he always takes a TV camera with him. Why, if he simply wants to meet the punters, does he need the camera showing his every high five? Make your own minds up.
And now the ECB. Had they taken a different direction with the Indians, we would surely be in a better position. The Indian Premier League would probably have negotiated a window with our backing, and the EPL would have its own too.
England's players could appear in the IPL with impunity and vice versa - there being a global acknowledgment that Twenty20 cricket needs to be controlled by the world community rather than encouraging rogue, unofficial tournaments to spring up here and there.
But English cricket chose the confrontational route, and we find ourselves isolated with only the dysfunctional and bankrupt West Indies Cricket Board and a maverick Texan for company.
And that is why the heat is now on the chairman, Giles Clarke and his chief executive, David Collier.