The Stanford Twenty20 helped Sammy launch his international career
West Indies captain Darren Sammy has expressed his shock and sadness over the downfall of Texas businessman Allen Stanford.
Stanford, was responsible for financing a domestic West Indies Twenty20 competition called The Stanford Twenty20, but in 2009 was arrested on charges of fraud after a long investigation by United States regulators.
Stanford, was sentenced to 110 years in jail last month after being found guilty on 13 of 14 counts of fraud by a Houston court.
The Texas businessman is thought to have committed one of the biggest ponzi schemes in history, totalling a staggering 7 billion dollars.
“A lot of our cricketers will have a lot to say about Mr Stanford. He did revive cricket in the Caribbean, and it’s just sad what became of it,” Sammy said.
However, Sammy stated that it was important for the West Indies cricketers to forget about Stanford and concentrate on their current series against New Zealand.
“We were all looking forward, for the possibilities. It’s an unfortunate situation. But I’m more focused on this important series. It would be good to manage all the distractions and focus on what we have to do – putting in an excellent performance,” Sammy added.