THE Caribbean Premier League has announced new rules for its upcoming cricket season in 2015.
The rule adjustment came following a contentious end to the 2014 season, when the Barbados Tridents were declared winners on the Duckworth/Lewis method following a rain interruption. The beaten finalist Guyana Amazon Warriors threatened to protest the result, but yesterday organisers of the Caribbean T-20 cricket competition announced that the matter was resolved.
“The Guyana Amazon Warriors Franchise and CPL are pleased to announce that the issue has now been resolved and brought to a closure,” the CPL announced in a media release.
The 2014 final between Guyana Amazon Warriors and Barbados Tridents on August 16th came to an abrupt end at Warner Park, St Kitts, after heavy rain stopped play. After the rain stopped and mop-up operations completed, the stumps went back up. However, after a delay, the match officials inexplicably decided that the allotted time, including extra time for the game, had elapsed and the Barbados Tridents were declared winners.
Subsequently, the Guyana Amazon Warriors Franchise Management wrote to CPL after the game, expressing its concerns on the unorthodox manner in which the game was ended. The Guyana Amazon Warriors, wanted to ensure that the playing conditions and tournament rules were adhered to rigorously and to avoid such a reoccurrence in the future.
“After various consultations, both parties have agreed that, in the interest of this great game of cricket and in order to maintain the excellent reputation of the CPL, the matter is now closed and all parties concerned can now move forward to the planning and implementing of a bigger, better and more exciting 2015 CPL,” the CPL added.
“Towards that end, CPL officials, Franchise Owners/Partners and the Tournament Committee are currently reviewing the rules for the semi-finals and final with a view to using international umpires and match referees and extending the match playing time to midnight, if necessary.
Damien O’ Donohoe, the CEO of the CPL, said: “We are pleased that the two parties have reached an amicable conclusion and that the matter is closed. CPL 2014 set new standards on and off the field and sealed our reputation as the “biggest party in sport”. We are now in high gear planning for CPL 2015 which is set to electrify the region once again. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the fans and look forward to seeing them come out in their droves for another summer of fantastic carnival cricket. We would also like to thank the Guyana Franchise and the team for their continued support in building CPL.”
Likewise, Guyana Amazon Warriors franchise owner, Dr Ranjisinghi ‘Bobby’ Ramroop, was contented with the solution