Windies CEO expects Stanford go-ahead
The future of the lucrative Stanford Twenty20 for 20 clash between the Stanford Superstars and England carded for November 1 in Antigua has been thrown into limbo, after Digicel filed an injunction against the Stanford Super Series.
The injunction, filed in London last Friday, relates solely to the proposed match between England and the Stanford Superstars, part of the five-year, US$100 million series. However, Digicel is seeking to have the West Indies Cricket Board withdraw all approvals for the Stanford Super Series, which if successful, could disrupt the annual US$20 million match.
It is understood that the court granted Digicel's application for an expedited hearing with dates set for September 18. The court also ordered WICB, Stanford and the England and Wales Cricket Board to provide a copy of all agreements by 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Digicel, in previous Press communications, had indicated they had no issues with the game per se, but contended that their rights and entitlements as it related to their agreement with WICB, were being ignored.
They are concerned that the deal between the WICB and Stanford encroaches on their exclusive sponsorship rights.
Digicel, the Irish telecommunications provider, has a contract with the West Indies Cricket Board which expires in 2012.