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Stanford won't ditch the ECB just yet

In what would be a welcome relief to the shattered England and Wales Cricket Board, billionaire Sir Allen Stanford of Texas has said he was not going to withdraw from his multimillion-pound investment in English cricket.

Stanford's comments contradicted remarks made by his own spokespeople that a complete pull-out from the sport was "being evaluated", according to a report in English tabloid 'The Mirror'.

"Sir Allen Stanford last night insisted that he is not going to withdraw from his multimillion-pound investment in English cricket," said the report.

"The billionaire is conducting a full review of his involvement with the sport but he said its focus will be on the future of his work in the West Indies and will not affect his commitments with the England and Wales Cricket Board," it said.

The ECB was stunned by yesterday's announcement of the pull-out, but its Chairman Giles Clarke, currently in Mohali for the second and final Test against India, had said the quadrangular international series at Lord's next summer, for which the Texan is a principal sponsor, will go ahead.

The ECB will release the long-delayed 2009 fixture list, which will include a Lord's tournament involving England, a Stanford All Stars team, and two sides from Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Pakistan, the paper said.

source - expressindia.com
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