18 Dec 2008

Stanford axes Windies greats

12:32 pm on 18 December 2008

The future of Sir Allen Stanford's Super Series has been thrown into doubt after the American dismissed the cricket legends employed to promote the event.

Twelve West Indies greats, including Sir Viv Richards, will no longer be used.

The England and Wales Cricket Board is one year into a five-year deal with Stanford worth 30 million dollars and says it is investigating reports that its lucrative contract with the Texan billionaire may be in jeopardy.

In June, Stanford agreed to fund and stage five annual 33 million dollar winner-takes-all Twenty20 games between a West Indies Superstars XI and England at his stadium in Antigua.

He employed Richards, Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Everton Weekes, Lance Gibbs, Wes Hall, Andy Roberts, Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, Richie Richardson, Joel Garner, Courtney Walsh and Curtly Ambrose as ambassadors for his series.