Stanford Superstars training camp commences – Chanderpaul allowed to continue UK County Cricket
The Stanford Superstars 32 man training squad began the first two week training camp in preparation for the November 1st 20/20 for US$20million match against England at the Stanford Cricket Ground in Antigua.
The camp which is also based at the Stanford Cricket Ground began on Wednesday July 30th and will run through to August 13th under head coach Eldine Baptiste along with assistant coach Roger Harper, manager Lance Gibbs and assistant manager Cardigan Connor with specialist advice from several of the legend of West Indies cricket on the Stanford 20/20 Board of Directors and other experts including internationally renowned fielding coach Julian Fountain.
Twenty two members of the 32 man squad commenced training with nine of the ten remaining players to arrive in Antigua over the next several days. All the players could not be present for the start of the camp as some players had previously scheduled personal and cricketing matters to attend to and will join the camp once these are completed. However all players except Shivnarine Chanderpaul will be present at the camp for at least one week.
The Sir Vivian Richards led Stanford Superstars selection panel excused Chanderpaul from attending this initial camp in order that he may continue his ongoing contractual commitments to county side Durham.
Chanderpaul will remain eligible for selection to the Stanford Superstars team.
The camp is designed to upgrade the fitness levels of the players, fine tune their all round cricket skills and there will also be emphasis on other critical aspects of the game such as team work, strategy formulation and video analysis review.
The Stanford Superstars final playing squad to face England will be selected at the end of the training camp.
The 20/20 for US$20million match will see the culmination of the Stanford Super Series with the richest team prize in sports and the series will also involve Trinidad and Tobago as Stanford 20/20 champion and Middlesex, as England Twenty20 county champion in a Champions match with a purse of US$400,000.
Stanford Superstars squad players at camp: Samuel Badree (Trinidad and Tobago), Lionel Baker (Montserrat), Sulieman Benn (Barbados), Dwayne Bravo (Trinidad and Tobago), Jonathan Carter (Barbados), Lennox Cush (Guyana), Travis Dowlin (Guyana), Rayad Emrit (Trinidad and Tobago), John Eugene (St Maarten), Andre Fletcher (Grenada), Chad Hampson (Antigua and Barbuda), Montcin Hodge (Anguilla), Lyndon James (St Vincent and the Grenadines), Sylvester Joseph (Antigua and Barbuda), Aldermond Lesmond (United States Virgin Islands), Dave Mohammed (Trinidad and Tobago), Nelon Pascal (Grenada), William Perkins (Trinidad and Tobago), Kieron Pollard (Trinidad and Tobago), Denesh Ramdin (Trinidad and Tobago), Kelbert Walters (Anguilla), Tonito Willett (Nevis)
Stanford Superstars squad players to arrive shortly: Daren Ganga (Trinidad and Tobago), Chris Gayle (Jamaica), Danza Hyatt (Jamaica), Xavier Marshall (Jamaica), Daren Powell (Jamaica), Kieran Powell (Nevis), Darren Sammy (St Lucia), Ramnaresh Sarwan (Guyana), Jerome Taylor (Jamaica)
Excused: Shivnarine Chanderpaul (Guyana)