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Tomorrow’s Twenty20 Cup finals day at the Rose Bowl will take place under the shadow of two other events to which the participating teams may or may not be invited.

Firstly, the two finalists would in theory have qualified for the now postponed Twenty20 Champions League, although Kent and Durham wouldn’t have been eligible due to their scandalous fielding of players who took part in an Indian 20/20 League which had the wrong initial in the middle. Now, however, they will qualify for the not-entirely-different ECB-backed Twenty20 Champions League. This new competition will presumably allow Kent and Durham to take part should those teams make it to the final, thus ensuring that the world’s cricket fans will not be unnecessarily denied the opportunity to watch Rob Key play.

In addition to this, the winners will qualify for the potential cash bonanza that is the Stanford Super Series, where they will play against Stanford 20/20 winners Trinidad & Tobago, the Stanford Superstars, and England, all for big money.

Without even taking into account the EPL, English cricket has gone Twenty20-mad. Or should that be money-mad?

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Trinidad and Tobago have beaten Jamaica by 9 wickets (with more than half an innings to spare) to claim the $1 million prize.

Despite the fact that it was the final I wanted to see, the match was a bit of a walkover for T&T, with Dave Mohammed (the youngest of TEN children) and Rayad Emrit taking seven wickets for a mere 38 runs between them.

In fact, the cricket has been a bit disappointing throughout in terms of scoring. But there have been one or two interesting cricketers unearthed, especially Sulieman Benn, the first 6’7” spinner I’ve ever seen.

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The Stanford 20/20 (which will perhaps become a mere historical footnote to its successor, the IPL) is now down to four teams.

Barbados take on Trinidad and Tobago tonight, and Guyana face Jamaica tomorrow, to decide who will make it through to Sunday’s final.

Personally, I’d like to see a Barbados and Guyana eliminated, to clear the way for a Chris Gayle (Jamaica) vs Dwayne Bravo (T&T) final. But whatever happens, I’d really like to see the tournament used as a springboard for West Indian cricket. And I’d love to see Cuba allowed to take part next year.

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