The England national cricket team got thrashed in the first Stanford Twenty20 series final in Antigua. They were well beaten by their opponents the Stanford Superstars, by ten wickets. England were skittled out for 99, while the Superstars were able to reach 101 without loss in a one-sided match.
Most of the headlines were filled with England’s players capitulating to a far superior team. It would have been better if the Australians were at the final, as they would’ve given a far better game, but they are currently playing in India instead. England’s players simply weren’t up for the game, even with sponsors’ $20million (£12.4million) prize money up for grabs. It also would have also been better if the money had been donated to local charities instead of ending up in the winners’ pockets.
There have been questions over whether such tournaments should be held in the first place, and their effect on the traditional five-day game, especially as more Twenty20-style competitions such as the Indian Premier League are being established. The cricket governing bodies must set down rules so that their sport doesn’t sell its soul, like football has done.