ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC) — Cricket West Indies (CWI) President Kishore Shallow has described the regional governing body's relationship with the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) as "extraordinary", after what organisers say has been a successful edition of the Twenty20 tournament.
Shallow, who was elected earlier this year, says the collaboration had resulted in accelerated cricket development across the region, allowing talent to be harnessed and expressed internationally.
"The relationship between the CPL and CWI has been nothing short of extraordinary," he said.
"Together, we continue to elevate Caribbean cricket, showcasing our region's best talent to global markets, honing the skills of emerging talents, while invigorating the spirit of the game among fans.
"The Government of Guyana and other host countries should also be credited for their continued commitment and support of this amazing product," he added.
The tournament ended on Sunday night in Georgetown with Guyana Amazon Warriors clinching their first-ever title with a nine-wicket victory over multiple-times champions Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR).
In a lopsided final at the Guyana National Stadium, Amazon Warriors bundled out TKR for 94 and then stormed to their target with six overs left.
The victory represented a big achievement for the hosts after five previous failed trips to the final – in 2013, 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2019.
Amazon Warriors had comfortably topped the group stage after losing only one of their 10 games, and Shallow praised the franchise for their consistency.
"I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to Imran Tahir and Guyana Amazon Warriors, who emerged as the champions of CPL 2023," Shallow said.
"Their consistency throughout the tournament demonstrated the spirit of cricket and the depth of talent that exists within the Caribbean, with contributions from youngsters like Kevlon Anderson and Matthew Nandu when they got their opportunities.
"It was heartening to also witness the responsibility accepted by some of the senior players, including Player of the Tournament Shai Hope, along with Romario Shepherd and Gudakesh Motie," he said.