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players reject winner takes all element

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The players are apparently unhappy about the winner takes all element of the stanford 20 million dollar game, worried that a misfield or something may cost their team-mates the money creating a team rift. they also don't want it based on appearance because they're worried guys may hide injuries inorder to play.

well, is it just me or does this now seem an utterly pointless venture? I mean, west indies v england, it's not exactly everyones dream fixture in a twenty20, in fact, it's pretty far down. between them they have about 4 representatives in the biggest and most high quality t20 competetion in the world and I don't even think many of them regularly get a game. Certainly, none of them are lighting it up like jaysuriya, pathan, marsh, mccullum, sehwag, watson gambhir etc. etc.

so the one redeeming feature of this game was it had a sort of "who wants to be a millionaire" twisted appeal, that so much was at stake it would exciting.

now they want a set $500,000 appearance fee, how much more boring do they want to make it. talk about ipl being all about the money, at least it's something new and for the cash we're getting to see interesting line ups and the best international players playing each other. This is becoming nothing more than horrendously overpaid token international.


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Apparently another reason for the caution is out of englands 12 central contracted players 6 don't play twenty20 and so would feel left out. Well erm, sorry guys, I might be rather good at my job but sadly no one is going to pay me a million quid to watch me do it. If there's more money to be made in twenty20 and you suck at it, that's just how it goes.

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posted May 19, 2008

Stanford is not an idiot.He has a plan perhaps,some sort of a vision which we cannot comprehend.Successful businessmen don't burn their money to prove a point.

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comment by satyan (U4079750)

posted May 19, 2008

ECB is stupid!! they could have a league of their own and attract star players from other countries to rival the IPL.. maybe a final of the winners of the two leagues could then be held.. this stanford nonsense is not really going to work for anyone..

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posted May 19, 2008

Hmm. I think it's not just Modi who is waiting for the 'lessons learned' report on the 1st IPL. The powers-that-be outside India are looking to see what works and what does not before committing to future plans. Engl v WI as the basis for a billion-dollar business is clearly a non-starter.

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posted May 19, 2008

I think people are wrong saying that stanford has some sort of long term business plan here, because if he did one main problem would be the carribean really isn't the correct place to do this.

I think the man is just a cricket lover and has money to burn, so why not set up a big event and have a laugh, fair play to the man.


However i don't think the idea of a one off match is ever going to work, the thing about the ipl is that the make money on their own talent rather than other peoples.

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comment by 80mph (U9328463)

posted May 19, 2008

To me it would make much more sense if Stanford used the $20 million to conduct a week long inter league T-20 bash in the Carribean featuring the best domestic T-20 teams from all over the world.

That would include
1)The winners of the domestic Stanford T-20
2)The winners of the IPL
3)The Aussie T-20 state champs
4)The RSA super league champs
5)The English T-20 county champs

5 teams, 10 games + 1 final between the top 2.
The risk ofcourse is that the Windies T-20 squad might not make the final but atleast the tournamnet will receive world wide coverage and would be much more exciting than just England playing the Windies.

And $20 million in prize money should be enough to attract everyone.

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comment by NickIOM (U3758288)

posted May 19, 2008

I agree with Agger's on TMS, how can England ban players from playing in the ICL then jet off halfway round the world for a tournament against a representative XI that probaly wont count as an official tournament?

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posted May 19, 2008

For Stanford, these games would be more reasonable if they were Engalnd Versus India or a triangular between Eng, India and the Aussies because tehre would be huge Tv audience and he can recoup the cost of the matches and brand his name worldwide. The WI are ina despearet state and don't have the pulling power they did 20 years ago.

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posted May 20, 2008

anyone know why the story on McGrath rejecting an offer to play county cricket for Surrey was not reported by the BBC. Apparently he has decided to play in the IPL instead.

And they went out of their way to report the fake news story on Bopara on Luke Wright(never heard of him) rejecting the IPL.
typical BBC bias.


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posted May 20, 2008


this stanford thing is just a joke.. I mean, if I was england I'd do it no question but I can't see the point.

but it does seem unfair players getting banned left and right for playing in the unofficial ICL while the unofficial $tanford competition is fine.

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