The Guyana Amazon Warriors had filed an appeal against the decision when Tridents were declared winner of the finals by the Duckworth Lewis method, after a rain affected match.
Patterson explained that after carefully considering 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.
Patterson added that 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.
The CPL in a statement said “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 played on Saturday 16th August at Warner Park in St. Kitts referred the Match Report to the Cricket Tournament Committee (CTC) for its decision.
The Tournament Committee ruled 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.
- The Match Referees 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.
- 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.
- Further the CTC and the CPL management would offer no objection 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.