London, Oct 30 : The 100-million-dollar Stanford Twenty20 Super Series, which is being described as the biggest deal in English cricket's history, has reportedly been thrown into doubt after the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced a review (of the series) as concerns grow over their five-year agreement with Sir Allen Stanford, the financer.
The fallout from an extraordinary week in Antigua is set to cast a shadow over English cricket after Stanford's behaviour this week alienated the England team and embarrassed the ECB.
It has led to a series of damaging blows for the ECB, with one influential county chairman calling for the resignation of the board's management, reported The Telegraph.
While sources indicate the players are still willing to play in Saturday's match, the possibility of it being cancelled cannot be ruled out, added the paper.
The ECB are believed to have major concerns over the direction of the Stanford project, although it remains to be seen how they can legally wriggle out of their deal.
Hampshire chairman Rod Bransgrove criticised Clarke saying that the deal would affect his re-election campaign. "I asked the ECB to do a lot more checking on Stanford and this competition. We made it very clear we that we should not enter into this agreement without proper checks but Clarke had already done the deal. The board should resign collectively," he said.
Story first published: Thursday, October 30, 2008, 18:28 [IST]
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