I watched the first Stanford Twenty/20 match from Antigua on Sky Sports on Saturday night. The match was Stanford All-Stars v Trinidad and Tobago. Stanford All-Stars won fairly comfortably. I thought there was a certain lack of tension in the atmosphere, and Chris Gale, who is one of the Stanford All-Stars squad, didn't even play although he was sitting around in the ground. Then towards the end, I discovered it was merely a "warm-up" match with no gazillions of US$ at stake. Stanford has brought in a number of innovations, most of which are just tacky but one of which is good. Everyone is playing with black bats. That is, ordinary bats painted black. Why? The stumps appear to be made out of metal. Why? However, as regards the umpiring, there is a system whereby the umpires can "consult" with the third umpire (last night it was Rudy Koetzen) over ANY decision. The third umpire has access to the usual technology including "hotspot." This was used for a couple of caught behind decisions, both of which were given not out. I can think of no earthly reason why this cannot be used in all games where the technology is available.