American earns $160,000 without doing anything
Lennox Cush was in the Stanford Superstars squad for the Stanford Super Series that ended yesterday with the Superstars thrashing an abject England side by 10 wickets in Antigua.
Cush didn't play in the big money $20 million match, but he still gets a share of the winnings. The six reserve players, of which Cush was one, share a million dollars between them, making Cush US$166,666.67 richer.
Cush, who plays and works in New York and played for the USA in Division Five of the World Cricket League earlier this year, has impressed for Guyana in the two Stanford 20/20 tournaments so far, the highlight being his hat-trick against Jamaica in the semi-final of this year's tournament.
He played one of the Superstars warm-up matches, taking 2/27 against Middlesex, bowling Andrew Strauss and Shaun Udal. He also ran out Middlesex danger man Dawid Malan.
His performances for Guyana and his selection for the Stanford Superstars raises an interesting question. Who does he play for in the West Indies domestic one-day competition that starts in two weeks time? The USA have been invited to participate for the first time in eight years, and Cush would be amongst the first names on their team sheet, but Guyana may also want to play him.
Another question is what is happening with next year's Stanford 20/20? The fixtures for the 2008 tournament were announced in July 2007, but we're now in November 2008 and there is no sign that a tournament will even take place in 2009.
Several ICC associate and affiliate members are set to take part, with Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands set to return, affiliate members Cuba set to play for the first time assuming Stanford can sort out the problems with the US government, and non-members Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic also set to make their debuts.
With the success of this event, and the first four nation Twenty20 tournament at Lord's next summer, also featuring the Stanford Superstars and with the backing of Allen Stanford, it will be hoped that Stanford hasn't decided to concentrate on international tournaments instead of his domestic tournament that some ICC associate and affiliate members rely on for some much needed income.