The series, part of a then five-year contract between
and the England and Wales Cricket Board, caused considerable controversy, not just because of the extraordinary amount of money on offer but also because of the flamboyant Texan's behaviour.
The series was denounced as a gimmick after the one-time billionaire
arrived at Lord's by private helicopter,
landing on the nursery ground, and then brought $20m in cash on to the stage to launch the tournament.
Whatever happened to the Stanford Superstars?
(capt) - returned to West Indies side this year after contract dispute
(wk) - big-hitting batsman last played for WI in June 2011
- ex-WI skipper now plays for Leicestershire, won legal case against WI board in September 2012
- still WI's middle-order rock in Test cricket
- Superstars vice-captain has not played first-class cricket since 2008
- plays T20 for franchises around the world, still in WI limited-overs side
- all-rounder now captains West Indies
- left-arm spinner has not played for WI since 2011 World Cup
- left-arm chinaman bowler has not regained his WI place
- injury-plagued quick bowler last played for WI in June 2010
- paceman last appeared for WI in 2009, played for Lancashire in 2010 as a Kolpak player
Lionel Baker, Lennox Cush, Travis Dowlin, Rayad Emrit, Chad Hampson, Lindon James
Stanford, who built his own cricket ground in Antigua, had to apologise to the England players after television pictures showed Matt Prior's then pregnant wife sitting on his knee during a game.
Despite his spectacular downfall - and the problems he caused for thousands of investors - there are those who believe he has he left a positive impact on cricket in the Caribbean.
Stanford's involvement in West Indies cricket started in 2006, when he created and funded the first Stanford 20/20 tournament. The second tournament took place in early 2008 and was watched by a reported global audience of 300 million.
He added: "We prepared well. We were in camp in Antigua for around a month and a half, training every day. Once that game came on 1 November, we were ready as a team, and it showed in the way we played.
"Our players had never been exposed to such incentive, and that was a massive motivation.
"It was a life-changing moment for the 11 guys that played, and the rest of the squad and the management staff were rewarded as well."
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