Will the Stanford 20/20 even be played? Mike Selvey put it as pithily as ever a while ago:
I don't know whether the cricketers of England or West Indies are in
the habit of perusing the website of the London high court for its
daily list of causes, but they might do so for September 18, when an
injunction is due to be brought by Digicel against the West Indies
Cricket Board. If it goes unresolved, all bets could be off, at least
in the short term.
The issue seems quite straight forward.
Digicel, the Irish telecoms provider and main sponsor of the West
Indies until 2012, has taken umbrage that its business rival in the
Caribbean, Cable & Wireless, a former sponsor of the WICB, is
believed to be climbing on board the good ship Stanford to sponsor the
Super Series for its five years. "We have an exclusive deal with WICB,"
says Digicel. "Not with us though," is the Stanford rejoiner. And so
Digicel and WICB will repair to the high court.
First, Digicel put in a compromise offer (i.e. everything they wanted), then Stanford made a counter-offer—basically everything Digicel wanted except putting their logo on the Stanford players' shirts, which Digicel promptly declined. And now the media battle is heating up.The High Court injunction kicks in on October 3rd.
Lovely. But it won't matter to these two cricket players at least.
Meanwhile, back on planet cricket, Darren Gough is retiring: King Cricket's Darren Gough tribute.