England to play Caribbean side in $20-million match

London, Jun 11 (UNI) After months of speculations, Texan billionaire Allen Stanford today confirmed that England will play a Caribbean all-star team in a Twenty20 match for a record prize pot of 20 million dollars on November 1.

The Antigua match, named the ''Stanford 20-20 For 20'', will boast the richest team prize ever for a single sporting contest, guaranteeing the 11 players on the winning side 1 million dollars each.

The losers will have to return empty handed.

Stanford, who is based in the Caribbean, reached agreement with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) for a series of five annual ''winners-take-all matches''.

Although, it will be an unofficial Twenty20 international, the match has been authorised by the International Cricket Council (ICC).


Story first published: Wednesday, June 11, 2008, 21:04 [IST]
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