There are no grounds for the result of the Limacol Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 final to be reversed or nullified. This was the statement from CPL20 Cricket Tournament Committee chairman PJ Patterson after analysing the report of the Match Referee and the arguments raised by the Guyana Amazon Warriors following August 16 rain-affected final against the Barbados Tridents at Warner Park in St Kitts.
In a statement yesterday, the CPL said that having received and considered the formal complaint made to it by the franchise owners of the Guyana Amazon Warriors with regard to the outcome of the finals, referred the match report to the Cricket Tournament Committee (CTC) for its decision.
Patterson said: “having carefully considered the report of the Match Referee and the arguments raised by the Guyana Amazon Warriors, the CTC has concluded that there are no grounds for the result of the final to be reversed or nullified.’
“The CPL has succeeded in reinvigorating the passion for cricket across the region and has in two short years established its own distinctive brand and earned exciting market appeal. Nothing must be done to impair its image or erode its credibility,” Patterson added.
The CPL statement said that the CTC has carefully considered the report of the Match Referee and the arguments raised by the Guyana Amazon Warriors and concluded that the match referee “properly applied the rules regarding the time allotted for the match.”
“The CTC references paragraph 6.2 of Section 3A of the CPL Tournament Rules which expressly precludes a team from objecting to the result of a match on the ground of any decision made by any umpire or the match referee. This rule is intended to bring finality to matches,” said the CPL statement.
“The match referee’s report clearly indicates an enquiry by Damien O’Donohoe, CEO of CPL and Charles Wilkin QC, member of the Tournament Committee, if in the interests of the Game and especially the fans, the full match could be played without resort to the Duckworth-Lewis rules. To this, the consent of both Captains was required and that was not forthcoming. Hence they were informed that, according to the playing conditions, they did not have the authority to make such a ruling,” the CPL explained.
“In the circumstances, the CTC has no authority nor does it find good reason under the CPL Tournament Rules to reverse the result or declare the match a nullity. Accordingly, the CTC has ruled that the final result stands,” it added.
The CPL also noted that they would not object to the matter being referred to the ICC, cricket’s world governing body, if contending parties still so desire, for a ruling that is definitive, transparent and expeditious.