When Ernest Hilaire, the out-going CEO of the West Indies Cricket Board, announced in late 2012 that a “commercial T20” league would be created, few would have blamed those that witnessed the rise and ignominious fall of Allen Stanford for being a bit nervous.
It has been almost seven years since the spectacular collapse of Stanford’s business empire, and with it his groundbreaking Stanford 20/20 tournament, but for many the Texan fraudster’s name is still the first that springs to mind when considering T20 cricket in the Caribbean. The wounds are yet to heal. But Caribbean Premier League CEO Damien O’Donohoe says that Stanford isn’t discussed anymore by those running the CPL.
“Like with anything, even if Stanford had never happened it would have taken us time to build trust,” O’Donohoe told ESPNcricinfo. “Of course, in year one, people were bringing up the Stanford name, but, to be honest, it isn’t a name we have heard in over two and a half years now. We have come in and promised a huge amount, and we have delivered over and above what we said we would do.”
In recent weeks Stanford’s name has reappeared as a result of a BBC interview in which he claimed, from his prison cell in Florida, that he was not guilty of the crimes for which he has been sentenced to 110 years in jail. Beyond those headline-grabbing assertions, however, it was his comments about the commercial viability of cricket in the Caribbean that were of most interest.
Edited by Jesus Chan
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