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Introducing… The Stanford 20/20 Tournament

Posted by wildkiwi25 on December 4, 2008

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The Stanford 20/20 Tournament is a cricket tournament in the Caribbean island of Antigua. It was held first in July and August 2006 in the West Indies at the Stanford Cricket Ground, St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda and the same place the year after. It is a variety of the popular Twenty20 format first introduced in English cricket in 2003.

The format was initially devised and made possible by Allen Stanford as a part of his (private) plan to bring West Indian cricket back to life. 19 teams took part in the inaugural knock-out tournament and 20 teams took part in the second tournament (although 21 teams were originally scheduled to take part). It will now be a part of the official calendar of the WICB.

Current teams participating in the Stanford 20/20 Tournament:

  • Flag of Anguilla Anguilla Pro Team
  • Flag of Antigua and Barbuda Antigua & Barbuda Pro Team
  • Flag of the Bahamas Bahamas
  • Flag of Barbados Barbados
  • Flag of Bermuda Bermuda
  • Flag of the British Virgin Islands British Virgin Islands
  • Flag of Cayman Islands Cayman Islands
  • Flag of Cuba Cuba (in 2008 [barred])
  • Flag of Dominica Dominica
  • Flag of the Dominican Republic Dominican Republic (in 2009)
  • Flag of Grenada Grenada
  • Flag of Guyana Guyana
  • Flag of Jamaica Jamaica
  • Flag of Montserrat Montserrat
  • Flag of Nevis Nevis Pro Team
  • Flag of Puerto Rico Puerto Rico (in 2009)
  • Flag of Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Kitts
  • Flag of Saint Lucia Saint Lucia Pro Team
  • Flag of Sint Maarten Saint Maarten
  • Flag of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Saint Vincent & the Grenadines
  • Flag of Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad & Tobago
  • Flag of the Turks and Caicos Islands Turks and Caicos Islands (in 2008)
  • Flag of the United States Virgin Islands United States Virgin Islands
  • Links to more information about the Stanford 20/20 tournament:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Stanford Super Series
  • Stanford 20/20 Official website
  • Stanford 2020 – You Gotta See This
  • Allen Stanford Blog on Cricket-Other Sports
  • Discussion About the 2007 Tournament
  • Cricinfo.com tournament page

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    *Acknowledgements to Wikipedia.org and owners of pictures and videos used.

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    Posted in Antigua, Barbuda, Carribean, love of cricket, Sir Allen Stanford, St. John's, Stanford 20/20, twenty20, West Indies | Leave a Comment »

    Introducing… The Stanford 20/20 Tournament

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on December 4, 2008

    Photobucket

    The Stanford 20/20 Tournament is a cricket tournament in the Caribbean island of Antigua. It was held first in July and August 2006 in the West Indies at the Stanford Cricket Ground, St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda and the same place the year after. It is a variety of the popular Twenty20 format first introduced in English cricket in 2003.

    The format was initially devised and made possible by Allen Stanford as a part of his (private) plan to bring West Indian cricket back to life. 19 teams took part in the inaugural knock-out tournament and 20 teams took part in the second tournament (although 21 teams were originally scheduled to take part). It will now be a part of the official calendar of the WICB.

    Current teams participating in the Stanford 20/20 Tournament:

  • Flag of Anguilla Anguilla Pro Team
  • Flag of Antigua and Barbuda Antigua & Barbuda Pro Team
  • Flag of the Bahamas Bahamas
  • Flag of Barbados Barbados
  • Flag of Bermuda Bermuda
  • Flag of the British Virgin Islands British Virgin Islands
  • Flag of Cayman Islands Cayman Islands
  • Flag of Cuba Cuba (in 2008 [barred])
  • Flag of Dominica Dominica
  • Flag of the Dominican Republic Dominican Republic (in 2009)
  • Flag of Grenada Grenada
  • Flag of Guyana Guyana
  • Flag of Jamaica Jamaica
  • Flag of Montserrat Montserrat
  • Flag of Nevis Nevis Pro Team
  • Flag of Puerto Rico Puerto Rico (in 2009)
  • Flag of Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Kitts
  • Flag of Saint Lucia Saint Lucia Pro Team
  • Flag of Sint Maarten Saint Maarten
  • Flag of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Saint Vincent & the Grenadines
  • Flag of Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad & Tobago
  • Flag of the Turks and Caicos Islands Turks and Caicos Islands (in 2008)
  • Flag of the United States Virgin Islands United States Virgin Islands
  • Links to more information about the Stanford 20/20 tournament:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Stanford Super Series
  • Stanford 20/20 Official website
  • Stanford 2020 – You Gotta See This
  • Allen Stanford Blog on Cricket-Other Sports
  • Discussion About the 2007 Tournament
  • Cricinfo.com tournament page

    Photobucket

    *Acknowledgements to Wikipedia.org and owners of pictures and videos used.

  • Posted in Antigua, Barbuda, Carribean, love of cricket, Sir Allen Stanford, St. John's, Stanford 20/20, twenty20, West Indies | Leave a Comment »

    Life is like cricket, you sometimes score sixes or you get your off stump knocked over…

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on November 26, 2008

    Over the years as I developed my enthusiasm for the game of cricket I started to see some similarities to cricket as I see in life in general. For example, when you play cricket you win some and you lose some (games). One day you can be so happy its like you are whacking Muralitharan or Warney for 6’s, or you could be so down in the dumps that it feels like you are constantly getting bowled by a complete novice bowler. Or another analogy I’ve had thoughts of is like when you are happy you think of your home country thrashing the Aussies (for so long they have been dominant in world cricket) by more than an innings in a test and experiencing similar feelings to the elation the winning team would feel, or when you are sad its like if your team, for example, a known test nation like New Zealand, gets thrashed by more than an innings by perhaps a non test playing team such as Bermuda or even the USA.

    Confidence and self esteem is one of the many things that drives us forward and motivates us to succeed in what we pursue. It is also how we pick up ourselves from catastrophic lows and maintain ourselves at the heights of happiness that defines our character. When I relate this to cricket I see a team that has been bowled out well short of a follow-on and they take either two paths: No#1- Sit around and do nothing and dig yourself into an even deeper hole, or no#2- Seek help and advice and work with yourself to climb yourself out of a very precarious situation (and perhaps win despite being forced to “follow on”). You see some cricketing teams get bogged down in examples like this, some just get conprehensively walloped and some do make a miraculous comeback and win, despite being made to follow on. Also as in cricket, you use the help and guidance of people around you to help yourself “win” instead of “lose”. A cricket team is like a family or a group of closely-knit friends, they are there to help you through things and to perhaps improve yourself as a person, as you would do with your own cricketing techniques.

    I see cricket as a good way to improve your life. For example there is a cricket team from Compton in Los Angeles USA called The Homiez and The Popz(I have done a post earlier this year that talks a bit about them). A few years ago their team members were gang associates, habitual drug users, even thiefs and ones having numerous other criminal records. Thanks to cricket their lives have perhaps taken a turn for the better. They have even been to the home country of cricket (England) and are working on going to Australia to play some teams there. Cricket has taught them self respect, respect in others, patience, and it takes them away from the often violent worlds they came from. Ted Hayes is their manager and from the work he has done with the team he appears to be infusing the team members with the values, virtues and life skills the game of cricket embodies.

    It is from this little piece I have written that I see that cricket does indeed have a valuable place in society. It is up to us to enthusiastically embrace the game and maintain its values for other generations to come, so that cricket will maintain its unique place in history and remain a legacy.

    Posted in circle of life, Cricket, experience, follow on, friends, Homiez and Popz, life, life skills, love of cricket, team, values, virtues | 1 Comment »

    Life is like cricket, you sometimes score sixes or you get your off stump knocked over…

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on November 26, 2008

    Over the years as I developed my enthusiasm for the game of cricket I started to see some similarities to cricket as I see in life in general. For example, when you play cricket you win some and you lose some (games). One day you can be so happy its like you are whacking Muralitharan or Warney for 6’s, or you could be so down in the dumps that it feels like you are constantly getting bowled by a complete novice bowler. Or another analogy I’ve had thoughts of is like when you are happy you think of your home country thrashing the Aussies (for so long they have been dominant in world cricket) by more than an innings in a test and experiencing similar feelings to the elation the winning team would feel, or when you are sad its like if your team, for example, a known test nation like New Zealand, gets thrashed by more than an innings by perhaps a non test playing team such as Bermuda or even the USA.

    Confidence and self esteem is one of the many things that drives us forward and motivates us to succeed in what we pursue. It is also how we pick up ourselves from catastrophic lows and maintain ourselves at the heights of happiness that defines our character. When I relate this to cricket I see a team that has been bowled out well short of a follow-on and they take either two paths: No#1- Sit around and do nothing and dig yourself into an even deeper hole, or no#2- Seek help and advice and work with yourself to climb yourself out of a very precarious situation (and perhaps win despite being forced to “follow on”). You see some cricketing teams get bogged down in examples like this, some just get conprehensively walloped and some do make a miraculous comeback and win, despite being made to follow on. Also as in cricket, you use the help and guidance of people around you to help yourself “win” instead of “lose”. A cricket team is like a family or a group of closely-knit friends, they are there to help you through things and to perhaps improve yourself as a person, as you would do with your own cricketing techniques.

    I see cricket as a good way to improve your life. For example there is a cricket team from Compton in Los Angeles USA called The Homiez and The Popz(I have done a post earlier this year that talks a bit about them). A few years ago their team members were gang associates, habitual drug users, even thiefs and ones having numerous other criminal records. Thanks to cricket their lives have perhaps taken a turn for the better. They have even been to the home country of cricket (England) and are working on going to Australia to play some teams there. Cricket has taught them self respect, respect in others, patience, and it takes them away from the often violent worlds they came from. Ted Hayes is their manager and from the work he has done with the team he appears to be infusing the team members with the values, virtues and life skills the game of cricket embodies.

    It is from this little piece I have written that I see that cricket does indeed have a valuable place in society. It is up to us to enthusiastically embrace the game and maintain its values for other generations to come, so that cricket will maintain its unique place in history and remain a legacy.

    Posted in circle of life, Cricket, experience, follow on, friends, Homiez and Popz, life, life skills, love of cricket, team, values, virtues | 1 Comment »

    A special tribute to my blogroll and visitors

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on November 18, 2008

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    Hi everyone,

    Just would like to make a special tribute to all of the members on my blogroll, I appreciate you maintaining my link on your sites and have already increased the number of visitors and readers for this blog, and also the Google Page Ranking. Much appreciation goes out all members on my blog roll! πŸ™‚

    Also I have exceeded my own expectations for this site. Am well on the way to exceeding 10,000 visitors for the site, and have also done more than 100 posts, and have a Google Page Ranking (which I know will definetly increase in time). I was expecting to achieve all these goals on the 1st anniversary of my site (which is on 13th January 2009), but as I have said I am exceeding all expectations. Now I can keep the momentum going and hope for much more success.

    If you have a cricket related website/blogsite etc and want to become a valued member of my blogroll feel free to send an email to me at whoplayscricket@gmail.com.Please include the name and web address of your site (also tell me the name you would like your link to appear as on my blogroll- usually your site’s name) in the email. You must place my site on yours as part of the exchange. My sites details are below:

    Site name: Cricket, the Brilliant Game!
    Web: http://www.whoplayscricket.com
    Link name: Cricket, the Brilliant Game!

    Also just a friendly warning any spam won’t be tolerated. I know of particular software that scans sites for email addresses and spams them or sells them to email farms etc or something like that. It is a criminal offence and anyone that it happens to has the right to take action. This is not a threat but just a friendly warning πŸ™‚

    Would also like to make a special mention to all the visitors that have maintained their patronage and visits to this site. It is very much appreciated and only encourages me further to maintain this site and keep it going. I originally created this site because of my love of the game and it is really great to see so many people out there also interested in cricket in general :). I hope you all keep coming back and sharing your important ideas with me.

    In the meantime wherever in the world you may be, be it India, Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, USA, Canada or anywhere else, I hope you keep your eyes out for a cricket game near you. This could be a club game or even in your very own backyard battling your friends for cricketing supremacy. All in all I hope you all keep enjoying cricket, the brilliant game!

    *Acknowledgements to the owner of the picture used.

    Posted in 100 posts, 10000 visitors, blog roll, cricket site, Free cricket website link exchange, google page ranking, link exchange, love of cricket, tribute | 2 Comments »

    A special tribute to my blogroll and visitors

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on November 18, 2008

    Photobucket

    Hi everyone,

    Just would like to make a special tribute to all of the members on my blogroll, I appreciate you maintaining my link on your sites and have already increased the number of visitors and readers for this blog, and also the Google Page Ranking. Much appreciation goes out all members on my blog roll! πŸ™‚

    Also I have exceeded my own expectations for this site. Am well on the way to exceeding 10,000 visitors for the site, and have also done more than 100 posts, and have a Google Page Ranking (which I know will definetly increase in time). I was expecting to achieve all these goals on the 1st anniversary of my site (which is on 13th January 2009), but as I have said I am exceeding all expectations. Now I can keep the momentum going and hope for much more success.

    If you have a cricket related website/blogsite etc and want to become a valued member of my blogroll feel free to send an email to me at whoplayscricket@gmail.com.Please include the name and web address of your site (also tell me the name you would like your link to appear as on my blogroll- usually your site’s name) in the email. You must place my site on yours as part of the exchange. My sites details are below:

    Site name: Cricket, the Brilliant Game!
    Web: http://www.whoplayscricket.com
    Link name: Cricket, the Brilliant Game!

    Also just a friendly warning any spam won’t be tolerated. I know of particular software that scans sites for email addresses and spams them or sells them to email farms etc or something like that. It is a criminal offence and anyone that it happens to has the right to take action. This is not a threat but just a friendly warning πŸ™‚

    Would also like to make a special mention to all the visitors that have maintained their patronage and visits to this site. It is very much appreciated and only encourages me further to maintain this site and keep it going. I originally created this site because of my love of the game and it is really great to see so many people out there also interested in cricket in general :). I hope you all keep coming back and sharing your important ideas with me.

    In the meantime wherever in the world you may be, be it India, Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, USA, Canada or anywhere else, I hope you keep your eyes out for a cricket game near you. This could be a club game or even in your very own backyard battling your friends for cricketing supremacy. All in all I hope you all keep enjoying cricket, the brilliant game!

    *Acknowledgements to the owner of the picture used.

    Posted in 100 posts, 10000 visitors, blog roll, cricket site, Free cricket website link exchange, google page ranking, link exchange, love of cricket, tribute | 2 Comments »

    the state of nz cricket….and a whole lot more

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on January 14, 2008

    just want to say does anyone think the nz cricket side is in the state of decline? ive noticed ever since retirements of some of our greats eg chris carins, nathan astle, craig mcmillian etc we have been putting in substandard performaces, and I feel bad for saying that because I’m a supporter of nz cricket and I’m still supporting them through any time, although I can say they could try better. However I know I have to take into account that in the one day game stephen flemings retirement and the replacement of a captain that has held the reins of a national side for the best part of a decade would have an impact on the side and the intriduction of a new captain can be probably a bit testing as new leadership styles come into play. I rate daniel vettori very highly but havnt seem much of his captaining skills yet, but lets hope and pray for his success and for him to be a genuine bona fide captain. Who knows we will pick up our game again? Us and the rest of the world need to catch up to the leading cricket nation which is australia. beyond the top 3 or 4 there seems to be a huge gulf between australia and the rest of the world and new zealand needs to catch up to them and so does the rest of the world. i mean i admire the australian team in general but will always back new zealand, we cant have australia dominating world cricket for eternity can’t we?

    I probably have rambled on a bit, but yeh thats just my opinion, ive sent emails to minnow cricket associations suggesting ways to further their development abd ideas on how to obtain funding from organisations like the i.c.c and promoting cricket as an elegant game yet has the sense of gusto, high paced, action packed and energy filled game. Maybe for the top countries they could have tri/quad tournaments (i’m not just talking about world cups and tournaments that only invite minnow countries to participate every 2 to 4 years) regularly that enable the participation of minnow nations (eg canada, ireland, netherlands etc) to face higher leveled competition which definetly would help enhance their game, and letting some of their countryman play in top domestic level cricket in the leading cricket nations. it might be too much of a big ask but its an idea that i think could work (given some planning and detail and logistics etc).

    I can compare the 1999, 2003 and 2007 world cups and the minnow sides have greatly increased in their skills on the field, which is a good effort from them. was very suprised when ireland upset pakistan at the world cup and made the quarterfinals! they played with energy and pride and also with alot pf passion, and any team that has those attributes will succeed in their future ambitions.

    Right back to new zealand cricket… a few years ago i had this dream (it sounds weird but i remember the exact date) that on the canterbury plains their was a huge cricket complex built, with 3 state of the art cricket stadiums with catering facilities, hotel complexes within the stadium complex, it was kind of like a mini town devoted to cricket, it was so real it was that weird. it was an awesome sight i just wish new zealand had a bigger population base so the infrastructure could be supported financially, perhaps countries like australia, south africa, england,especially india and pakistan (depending on the current wars on terrorism over there) could better support such a facility.

    Speaking of the current terrorism conflicts, i think they are destroying the game of cricket ( in india, pakistan, the middle east, sri lanka etc)there have been some cricketing greats from those regions. what could the cricketing big bodies to to help the situation? its a hard one because theres alot of politics involved and i can understant why the cricketing big bodies are a bit cagey about things. lets just hope that things will get better.

    Cheers for listening in!

    Rob

    Posted in chris cairns, Cricket, development, energy, i.c.c, love of cricket, minnows, nathan astle, new zealand, passion, skills, terrorism | Leave a Comment »

    the state of nz cricket….and a whole lot more

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on January 14, 2008

    just want to say does anyone think the nz cricket side is in the state of decline? ive noticed ever since retirements of some of our greats eg chris carins, nathan astle, craig mcmillian etc we have been putting in substandard performaces, and I feel bad for saying that because I’m a supporter of nz cricket and I’m still supporting them through any time, although I can say they could try better. However I know I have to take into account that in the one day game stephen flemings retirement and the replacement of a captain that has held the reins of a national side for the best part of a decade would have an impact on the side and the intriduction of a new captain can be probably a bit testing as new leadership styles come into play. I rate daniel vettori very highly but havnt seem much of his captaining skills yet, but lets hope and pray for his success and for him to be a genuine bona fide captain. Who knows we will pick up our game again? Us and the rest of the world need to catch up to the leading cricket nation which is australia. beyond the top 3 or 4 there seems to be a huge gulf between australia and the rest of the world and new zealand needs to catch up to them and so does the rest of the world. i mean i admire the australian team in general but will always back new zealand, we cant have australia dominating world cricket for eternity can’t we?

    I probably have rambled on a bit, but yeh thats just my opinion, ive sent emails to minnow cricket associations suggesting ways to further their development abd ideas on how to obtain funding from organisations like the i.c.c and promoting cricket as an elegant game yet has the sense of gusto, high paced, action packed and energy filled game. Maybe for the top countries they could have tri/quad tournaments (i’m not just talking about world cups and tournaments that only invite minnow countries to participate every 2 to 4 years) regularly that enable the participation of minnow nations (eg canada, ireland, netherlands etc) to face higher leveled competition which definetly would help enhance their game, and letting some of their countryman play in top domestic level cricket in the leading cricket nations. it might be too much of a big ask but its an idea that i think could work (given some planning and detail and logistics etc).

    I can compare the 1999, 2003 and 2007 world cups and the minnow sides have greatly increased in their skills on the field, which is a good effort from them. was very suprised when ireland upset pakistan at the world cup and made the quarterfinals! they played with energy and pride and also with alot pf passion, and any team that has those attributes will succeed in their future ambitions.

    Right back to new zealand cricket… a few years ago i had this dream (it sounds weird but i remember the exact date) that on the canterbury plains their was a huge cricket complex built, with 3 state of the art cricket stadiums with catering facilities, hotel complexes within the stadium complex, it was kind of like a mini town devoted to cricket, it was so real it was that weird. it was an awesome sight i just wish new zealand had a bigger population base so the infrastructure could be supported financially, perhaps countries like australia, south africa, england,especially india and pakistan (depending on the current wars on terrorism over there) could better support such a facility.

    Speaking of the current terrorism conflicts, i think they are destroying the game of cricket ( in india, pakistan, the middle east, sri lanka etc)there have been some cricketing greats from those regions. what could the cricketing big bodies to to help the situation? its a hard one because theres alot of politics involved and i can understant why the cricketing big bodies are a bit cagey about things. lets just hope that things will get better.

    Cheers for listening in!

    Rob

    Posted in chris cairns, Cricket, development, energy, i.c.c, love of cricket, minnows, nathan astle, new zealand, passion, skills, terrorism | Leave a Comment »