Look ahead to the Stanford Super Series

October 21, 2008 at 11:14 am 3 comments


Prize money

The Stanford series involves domestic 2020 winners from England and the West
Indies, Middlesex and Trinidad, along with England and Stanford’s all
star team. The main attraction, the Stanford team vs England is the most richest
sport prize for a single sporting match worth $20,000,000. The winning 11 will
pocket $11m between them which is approximately £577,000 each. There
is also $1m which is shared between the 12th man and the remaining squad members.
There is also a further $1m to be shared among the winning management team.
The remaining will be shared between the ECB and the WICB. The Middlesex vs
Trinidad game will have a winner takes all prize money of $400,000.

More than money

The England team (apart from Cook) have highlighted the significance of the
Stanford 2020 series as practice in this format of the game. The twenty20
world cup will take place in 2009 and before that there are few International
Twenty20 games taking place. The series will no doubt provide practice in
this format as a team, so that the team can decide on their game plan and
the way the games will be approached. However, for individuals, the domestic
twenty20 cup and IPL tournaments will provide a sterner test and so may well
be a better place for them to develop their trade in the format. Kevin Pietersen
recently reiterated the need for England to gain valuable practise and momentum
before the India tour. He has also come out to warn any England players who
come out and celebrate and not respect the current difficulties people are
having with the ‘credit crunch’.

Team selection

As expected England name the same squad who defeated South Africa 4-0 in
the ODI series. The team is likely to contain those 11 team members who finished
the ODI series. This means that the likes of Ravi Bopara, Ryan Sidebottom,
Alistair Cook, and Greame Swann miss out. The management will hope that the
money doesn’t create rifts within the squad, with Samit Patel and Steve
Harmison taking their places in the team after just recently being called
up into England’s limited overs plan, at the expense of Sidebottom,
Swann and Bopara, who were England regulars.

Likely team to face Stanford Superstars: Matt Prior (wkt), Ian Bell,
Owais Shah, Kevin Pietersen (capt), Andrew Flintoff, Paul Collingwood, Samit
Patel, Luke Wright, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Steve Harmison

The Stanford Superstars have named a strong squad with Chris Gayle taking
his place as skipper. Dwayne Bravo, an important part of the side has pulled
out injured. The initial squad needed further revisions when opener Xavier
Marshall failed a drugs test and had to pull out. 4 players – Lennox Cush,
Chad Hampson, Lindon James and Lionel Baker, have no international experience.

Stanford Superstars squad: Lionel Baker, Sulieman Benn, Shivnarine Chanderpaul,
Lennox Cush, Travis Dowlin, Rayad Emrit, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle (capt),
Chad Hampson, Lindon James, Sylvester Joseph, Dave Mohammed, Kieron Pollard,
Daren Powell, Darren Sammy, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Jerome Taylor.

Middlesex have named a strong team for their winner takes all clash with Trinidad
and Tobago and matches against England and the Stanford Superstars. Dirk Nannes
has returned to his Australian club team and so has been replaced by on loan
all-rounder Neil Carter and joins new signing Neil Dexter in the squad. Owais
Shah is chosen to represent England ahead of his county but Andrew Strauss
is named in Middlesex’s squad.

Middlesex squad: Shaun Udal (capt), Neil
Carter, Neil Dexter, Steven Finn, Billy Godleman, Tyron Henderson, Ed Joyce,
Murali Kartik, Dawid Malan, Eoin
Morgan, Tim Murtagh, David Nash, Alan Richardson, Ben Scott, Andrew Strauss

The Trinidad & Tobago squad is missing Kieron Pollard, Dave Mohammed and
Rayad Emrit, who have been called up to the Stanford side and the injured Dwayne
Bravo. Win for Stanford Super Stars


England v Middlesex

Middlesex showed in the twenty20 cup that they have the big twenty20 players
in their team and they will be up for it. The team has balance with a wealth
of capable allrounders and big hitters but will heavily miss the impact of
Owais Shah and Nannes. The England team is full of confidence after their
recent ODI series victory over South Africa. The team possess strong all
round cricketers and arguably have a stronger team. Spin can be key to winning
a twenty20, and this is the only position (Udal vs Patel) where Middlesex
look stronger. For Middlesex much will undoubtedly rely on big hitting, twenty20
specialist, allrounder Tyron Henderson.

England win

Trinidad & Tobago v Middlesex

This looks like a miss match on paper with Middlesex likely to blow away the
West Indian domestic champions. With a host of key players missing for Trinidad & Tobago
it would be difficult for them to claim the winner takes all prize. However,
Middlesex have to ensure that they don’t get complacent because the T&T
team possesses some really big hitters.

Middlesex win

England v Trinidad & Tobago

Only one way this match can possibly go, the T&T team do not have enough
to beat England. This will be a good final warm up for England before the big

England win

Stanford Super Stars v Middlesex

There is no prize on offer; however, this is likeliest to be the closest game
of the series. This is the Stanford team’s last warm up and they would
need to win to build up the momentum. But, having watched Middlesex team in
the twenty20 last term it would be difficult for the SSS to win. Playing on
home soil could assist the Superstars, this is going to be tight but I would
have to go for:- Stanford Super Stars win

Stanford Superstars v England

The big game were it could come down to one big innings, or even a dropped
catch. It will be a test of the ability to cope under great pressure and with
the big prize on offer, both teams will go all out to win it. England are likely
to be the clear favourites but the Stanford selectors are confident that they
have a team to challenge England. The team that plays is likely to consist
of West Indies regulars who have the experience of playing at this level. The
match shouldn’t be taken lightly as you may remember that the West Indies
drew the 2020 series and won the ODI series in England. Shivnarine Chanderpaul
as ever will provide the biggest threat with his ability to bat his team to
victory, but as he showed in the twenty20 cup for Durham, he isn’t capable
of the big hitting required to chase down a total at 10 an over. Chris Gayle
will lead form the front with his explosive batting. It would be important
for England to get his wicket early or he could set the foundations for a huge
total. Stuart Broad will have to be ready to handle the pressure as England
will need him to snare the early wickets before Harmison and Flintoff enter
the attack. With the likes of Flintoff and Harmison, it could mean that Patel
isn’t required. He is the only weak link among the bowling line up as
he doesn’t have the variation and ability of Swann who is behind him.
An England limited overs side with a firing Harmison and Flintoff in the bowling
department and Captain Pietersen, surely can’t lose this one. The superstars
may have the advantage of a playing in their home conditions but the quality
on offer to England is far superior

England win

Stanford Super Series schedule:

25 Oct: Stanford Super Stars
v Trinidad & Tobago

26 Oct: England v Twenty20 Champions

27 Oct: Trinidad & Tobago v Twenty20 champions

28 Oct: England v Trinidad & Tobago

29 Oct: Stanford Super Stars v Twenty20 champions

30 Oct: Rest day

1 Nov: Stanford Super Stars v England


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. allrounder  |  October 21, 2008 at 11:19 am

    Sorry about the way the text is formatted, the wordpress post editor formatted the text like this, I don’t know why. Also ignore the related links, they are automatically generated but are not relevant.

  • 2. shaaakspsyco  |  October 21, 2008 at 11:29 am

    Cannot wait for the games to commence!

  • 3. Dean  |  October 21, 2008 at 11:48 am

    i cant wait for Middlesex Vs England
    even with Oasis Shah in Eng colours rather than the dashing pink i still think it will be close!


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