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Cush Eyes Pick For Stanford $20,000,000 Showdown

By Orin Davidson
June 13th, 2008

Lennox Cush is back home in New York after a whirlwind slog of competition with several teams that concluded with a disappointing run by the United States national squad at the World Cup Group five qualifying series in Jersey, United Kingdom.

Lennox Cush

But the attractive righthand batsman and off spin bowler, should not be too disappointed as he is set for the chance to cash in on the lucrative Stanford Twenty20 for 20 winner take all $20,000,000 showdown between the West Indies All Stars and England, after brilliant displays in recent Twenty/20 competitions.

The game is the richest in the history of cricket, in terms of prize money and Cush has every reason to be optimistic of winning a place in the West Indies All Stars squad.

His outstanding performances for Guyana in this year’s Stanford 20/20 championship from which the All Stars team will be selected from, almost carried his team to the final.

Cush ended the competition with the best bowling average, bagging eight wickets at 3.87 runs apiece and pulled off the only hat trick in the series from only three matches.

“I feel positive that my performances were good enough to make the team and I am eagerly awaiting that call up,” said Cush yesterday in the Big Apple.

The Guyanese all-rounder all feels that his display in the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) Twenty20 competition, a few weeks after his Stanford exploits, should boost his chance for selection.

Cush walked off with the Man of the Match awards in both the final and semifinals while spearheading Power Gen to the title and the one million dollar (Trinidad and Tobago) first prize.

The right hander was also a key player in Guyana carting off the inaugural Stanford 20/20 in 2006 and has proved to be the most consistent of the Guyanese players so far in the new and exciting format of Stanford Twenty20 cricket.

At the launching of the Twenty20 for 20 in England on Friday, former West Indies star batsman Vivian Richards disclosed that the All Stars team has already been selected for the November 1 game.

The winning team will have all the incentive to triumph at all costs as nothing is at stake for the losers.

Cush feels he would fit in nicely using his tight off spin bowling at the beginning or at the death for the West Indies All Stars.

And he could bat any position in the order, having opened for Guyana in 2006 and batted in the middle this year.

Only Trinidad and Tobago’s Dave Mohamed took more wickets than Cush, bagging 12 to the Guyanese’s eight

The series of one off games between West Indies All Stars and England will continue for five years for a total of U$100 being put up at stake by Texan billionaire Allen Stanford.

Cush feels the money will be a big incentive for West Indian players to work harder at their game to realize their pull potential.

“We all should be very thankful for Sir Allen’s contribution to West Indies cricket. More players will take the opportunity to dedicate more time to their game,” the all rounder feels.

Each player from the winning team will be guaranteed $500,000 with another 1 million set aside for the coaches.

Pundits predict the money will result in a mad scramble for places on the England team and already one-day captain Paul Collingwood has stated that he will not pass up the money even at the expense of the Ashes series.

Cush who qualified two years ago to play for the United States, feels the national team is talented enough to stake a claim to compete for a place in the annual Stanford Twenty20 championship in the West Indies , but suggests the players need to work harder.

“Mentally and physically, the United States are not quite there, they will have to work harder on and off the field,” said the allrounder.

In Jersey, Cush said the team proved to be a big disappointment, in placing fourth and losing the chance to qualify for the next World Cup in 2011.
“We were better than the other teams and I think we should’ve been more focused at times”.

So far Cush has kicked off his campaign for the United States summer, already leading the Eastern American Cricket Association (EACA) team to winning the Mayors Cup.

The won the title last Saturday at gateway Park.

In club competition, he is captaining Atlantis in the EACA league which will play Enmore on Sunday. Atlantis has secured the services of Guyana and West Indies all rounder Narsingh Deonarine.
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