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England may change Stanford name

England's players
The players wore the regular England Twenty20 kit in Antigua

England coach Peter Moores has revealed his side may use a different name for next year's Stanford Super Series.

Questions arose as to whether England shirts should be worn as the series was sanctioned by the International Cricket Council, but had no official status.

"People talked about whether it should be an England team or should be named something different," Moores said.

"It's going to be reviewed," he said. "If a change helps people get their heads around why we're here, fine."

The Stanford Superstars, who thrashed England by 10 wickets in the $20m, winner-takes-all match on Saturday, were a West Indies team in all but name - containing nine Test players plus two others with one-day international experience.

Organisers were keen for them to play an official England team, in order to promote the game in the lucrative American market.

The England and Wales Cricket Board signed a lucrative deal last June for five $20m matches, to be played annually in November.

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But this year's Series was briefly threatened by a commercial dispute between the Stanford organisation and Digicel, sponsors of the West Indies Cricket Board - over whether the Superstars were an official West Indies side or not, although a compromise was eventually reached.

"I do not think it will particularly change the players that are here," Moores added of any potential name change.

"Next time we come here it will be different because things do move on.

"Normally it is very clear if you play for England. You are very proud to put on the sweater. There has been confusion about what the tournament has been about.

"People have been talking about whether it is right, whether England should be here. Did all that distract us from building up as a team? Possibly.

"But you can't get away from the fact that on the night, they pitched up and played very good cricket. They were very clear on what they were doing and they played better than we did.

"What the tournament was about probably did not hit home for most people until the game was over. It was about creating a pressure game, and the money created the pressure."

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