Guyana not yet ‘double’ Champions
Former Barbados and West Indies batsman Roland Holder, the Manager of Cricket Operations at the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has informed the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) that Guyana are not yet the one-day champions despite winning all of their matches in this year’s Regional 50-over Under-19 tournament.
The WICB has admitted to an error in the 2014 playing conditions for the limited overs format which indicated that Guyana that had won the title by virtue of them finishing with the most points.
“Unfortunately, the language under Law 43 was included in the Playing Conditions in error, and is not intended to apply to the 2014 edition of the WICB Regional Under -19 tournament. We regret any misunderstanding, and apologise for the confusion caused by this unfortunate, though innocent, mistake.
We trust that this issue can now be put to rest and we can focus our attention on staging a successful final match on August 15, following which the tournament winner will be declared” the WICB official stated.
The full text of the correspondence read:
“Re: Determination of Regional Under-19 One Day Tournament.
I refer to your letter of 12th August 2014 on the matter at caption. In May 2014, the WICB Board of Directors agreed that the winner of the One Day component of the WICB Regional Under-19 tournament 2014 would be determined as follows:
(i) The top two teams with the most number of points in the group stages will contest a final
(ii) In the event of teams finishing on equal points, the higher number of outright wins will determine the positions on the tournament table.
(iii) Should there be equality in both points and outright wins, the positions shall be determined by the higher net run-rate.
(iv) In the event of the final being abandoned, the winner of the tournament will be the team with the most points in the group stages.
As you have noted, this is consistent with Law 21.9(b) of the Playing Conditions, which is in terms of the above. As this represents a departure from previous years’ tournament formats, particular mention was made of this clause when the Playing Conditions were sent out in June. Further, you would have seen from the fixtures sent out, that the schedule of matches included a final, so that the tournament will not end until after the final scheduled match.
Unfortunately, the language under Law 43 was included in the Playing Conditions in error, and is not intended to apply to the 2014 edition of the WICB Regional Under -19 tournament. The provision which should apply is as stated in Law 21.9(b).
We regret any misunderstanding, and apologise for the confusion caused by this unfortunate, though innocent, mistake. We trust that this issue can now be put to rest and we can focus our attention on staging a successful final match on August 15, following which the tournament winner will be declared”.
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