BCA accepts WICB rules

The BCA’s Conde Riley has put the matter in the hands of the BCA’s attorney.
The BCA’s Conde Riley.

Call it a case of much ado about nothing. But after initial protest from first vice-president of the Barbados Cricket Association, Conde Riley, over the Combined Campuses & Colleges making the semi-finals of the 2013 WICB Super50 championship ahead of Barbados, the BCA has now accepted that the correct application of the rules of the tournament was made by the West Indies Cricket Board.

Both Barbados and the CCC had finished the preliminary rounds on 10 points with Barbados having a superior net run rate. However, in their head-to-head encounter CCC defeated Barbados in the preliminaries and this victory, according to the rules of the competition outweighed net run rate

Riley subsequently indicated that he had asked the BCA’s attorney Randall Belgrave QC, to look into the matter, while later publicly admitting that he had not read the rules.

However, in an expected about-turn, Riley revealed on the BCA’s website that Belgrave had since advised the BCA that based on the rules relating to the competition the CCC had indeed correctly advanced to the semi-finals ahead of Barbados by way of their “head-to-head” result despite Barbados having a better net run rate. (WG)††

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