Clarke re-elected despite Stanford fiasco

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Giles Clarke was re-elected chairman of the ECB despite the fallout from its links with Twenty20 backer Allen Stanford.

Updated: February 24, 2009 18:56 IST
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Giles Clarke was re-elected chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board on Monday despite the fallout from its links with Twenty20 backer Allen Stanford, who is facing allegations of a multibillion dollar fraud.

Clarke fought off a challenge from businessman and lawmaker Jonathan Marland who dropped out of the election when it became clear he would lose. That meant Clarke was unopposed when the 41 members of the ECB conducted the ballot for a second term that will take him through to March 31, 2011.

Before dropping out, Marland accused Clarke of being responsible for the turmoil in the England team which led to Kevin Pietersen quitting as captain and Peter Moores being fired as coach.

But he also criticized the chairman for the team's involvement in Stanford's winner-take-all $20 million Twenty20 games in Antigua in November. The England stars lost heavily to the local side and were unhappy that Stanford was filmed socializing with their wives and girlfriends.

The election result comes three days after the ECB announced it had severed its ties with Stanford, who is being investigated in the United States by the FBI and Securities and Exchange Commission.

England has now dropped plans to take part in the Antigua competition which was scheduled for the next four years.

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