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.
- Anguilla Pro Team
- Antigua & Barbuda Pro Team
- British Virgin Islands
- Cayman Islands
- Cuba (in 2008 [barred])
Dominican Republic (in 2009)
Nevis Pro Team
Puerto Rico (in 2009)
Saint Lucia Pro Team
Saint Vincent & the Grenadines
Trinidad & Tobago
Turks and Caicos Islands (in 2008)
United States Virgin Islands|
In August 2007 the Stanford 20/20 Board of Directors announced the formation of further six professional teams in addition to the one previously established in Antigua & Barbuda as part of the Stanford 20/20 Professional League programme. Of the then seven teams Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Nevis and Saint Lucia will take part in the 2008 edition.
In the three Qualifying matches United States Virgin Islands beat Sint Maarten by 48 runs, Cayman Islands beat Bahamas by 57 runs and Saint Lucia beat British Virgin Islands by 7 wickets.
Round of 16 onwards
In an amazing run chase against Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana emerged the Stanford 20/20 Champion 2006.
Initially it was planned to include two additional teams from the region in the 2008 competition, Cuba
and the Turks and Caicos Islands
, increasing the number of teams participating to twenty-one (21). However, since the application required by US citizens (such as Stanford himself) and organisations to interact with the island under the United States embargo against Cuba
has been turned down, Sint Maarten
, Cuba's destined opponent in the preliminary round, received a bye.
Round of 16
Coming back from the 2006 performance as runners-up when they were beaten by Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago emerged as the Stanford 20/20 Champion 2008 by beating Jamaica by 9 wickets in the final.