CPL to review rules, playing conditions
Leighton Levy, Gleaner Writer
The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is to review its rules and playing conditions and has brought its dispute with the Guyana Amazon Warriors to a close. 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.
The decision to review the rules arose from the contentious 2014 final between the Warriors and Barbados Tridents which was played on August 16 at Warner Park, St Kitts. The match had been delayed because of rain with the Warriors at 107 for 4 after 15.5 overs in pursuit of 153 to win the game.
However, after a delay, the match officials decided that the allotted time - including extra time - for the game had elapsed and the Barbados Tridents were declared winners on the Duckworth/Lewis method.
The Guyana Amazon Warriors franchise management wrote to CPL after the game, expressing its concerns at the unorthodox manner in which the game was ended. The Warriors, in an attempt to ensure that the playing conditions and tournament rules were adhered to rigorously, and to avoid such a reoccurrence in the future, particularly in a final, sought legal advice on the matter.
After various consultations, both parties have agreed that, in the interest of the game 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.
Dr Ranjisinghi 'Bobby' Ramroop, franchise owner of the Guyana Amazon Warriors, and Damien O' Donohoe, CEO of the CPL, have both expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the talks.