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ECB committed to Stanford Series

ECB chief executive David Collier
England capitulated to a 10-wicket defeat against the Stanford Superstars

England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive David Collier has said the governing body will not withdraw from its five-year Super Series deal.

And he rejected claims that last week's multi-million dollar event had turned into an embarrassment.

Collier told BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek: "I don't think it'd be appropriate to pull out at this stage.

"It's only right and proper we go through a review and learn the lessons and say what it is we can improve."

England capitulated to a 10-wicket defeat in the winner-takes-all final against the Stanford Superstars, who pocketed the $20m (12.4m) prize fund.

Backer Sir Allen Stanford's behaviour during the week led to him apologising to the England squad and agreeing not to enter the dressing room, while there were also on-field concerns over the quality of the pitch, outfield and floodlights.

The review will be carried out with some urgency and will include a rethink of how money on future Stanford trips during the five-year deal be split and whether to call the team England.

"We have still to go through a full review and I think there are areas we would wish to discuss," added Collier.

"But the benefit to cricket, particularly in the Caribbean, and to our own community sport, should not be underestimated at the time of a global recession.

"Everybody is going to be struggling to raise funds for a number of years and I think we've achieved some very major advances in our community sport. We mustn't let that wither on the vine - we must continue to fund that."

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see also
Nixon backs under-fire Stanford
08 Nov 08 |  England
ECB defends Stanford involvement
01 Nov 08 |  England
ECB plans Stanford Series review
29 Oct 08 |  England
Antigua lights concern Pietersen
27 Oct 08 |  England
Stanford Super Series results
02 Nov 08 |  Cricket

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