Stanford 20/20 for 20: Reliving Embarrassing Moment in England's Cricket History

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Stanford 20/20 for 20: Reliving Embarrassing Moment in England's Cricket History
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Five years ago today, a Kevin Pietersen-led England played against a team called the "Stanford Superstars," which was made up of West Indian cricketers in a Twenty20 match in which the winners would pocket $20 million.

The extravaganza was funded by Allen Stanford, a multi-millionaire who lived in the Caribbean. 

The match was intended to be the first of five—one played annually—but when Stanford was arrested for fraud and sentenced to 110 years in prison, the ECB terminated their contract with the financier and the tournament was consigned to the annals of history. 

Five years on from one of the most embarrassing sagas in English cricket history, B/R takes a look back at the whole gruesome escapade. 

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