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Huge offer awaits Twenty20 champs

The winners of the World Twenty20 final between India and Pakistan will be invited to play a match worth 2.47m ($5m) against the Stanford Super Team.

Sir Allen Stanford has created a Twenty20 tournament in the Caribbean that will see 21 islands compete for the biggest prize in domestic cricket.

The tournament takes place in January and February, with the best players chosen for the Stanford Super Team.

India and Pakistan contest the World Twenty20 final on Monday.

Stanford said: "Since this is the first World Twenty20 and that is the format of our tournament, we felt it was fitting to have the winners play our team next year."

The billionaire Texan, who lives in Antigua, organised a game between his Super Team and South Africa last year.

But the match, set to take place in November, was cancelled because of a scheduling conflict.

Stanford's Twenty20 project has the backing of the West Indies Cricket Board.

WICB president Julian Hunte said: "I am extremely pleased to be working with the Stanford Twenty20 board in their initiatives to bring West Indies cricket back to its former glories.

"This added international component will go a long way to achieving that goal."

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