15 Dec 2012

New Twenty20 tournament in West Indies

11:22 am on 15 December 2012

A new franchise-based Twenty20 cricket league will begin in the Caribbean next year, filling the gap left by the collapse of Allen Stanford's tournament.

The Stanford 20/20, held in 2006 and 2008, folded when the Texan's financial empire collapsed and he was imprisoned for fraud.

The West Indies were crowned Twenty20 world champions this year and the West Indies board has been running a lower-key regional tournament to keep top players involved in the shortest format.

The competition is expected to comprise up to six privately owned city-based teams.