The Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board have launched an investigation after the fifth and final day of the fourth Test between the West Indies and India has seen just 22 overs due to a water soaked outfield.
On the last day of the match on Monday, even a single over of play was not possible at the Queen’s Park Oval on Monday. For four consecutive days washed away due to torrential rain.
However, the farcical abandonment came despite long periods of sunshine and desperate efforts of ground staff to make the surface playable with shovels, pitchforks, and leaf blowers.
India won the series 2-0 with the match abandoned as a draw. This is the first time India have won more than one Test in a series in the Caribbean.
However, the India surrendered the position of number one Test team in the ICC rankings to Pakistan as they needed to complete a 3-0 series triumph to stay at the top.
India had been number one for less than a week after displacing Australia at the top on August 17.
“As hosts, the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board and QPCC (Queen’s Park Cricket Club) regret that limited play was possible in the 4th Test Match between WI and India at the Queen’s Park Oval,” Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board president Azim Bassarath said in a statement.
“We have jointly launched an investigation to determine what occurred with a view to remedying the situation so that this does not occur in the future,” the statement continued.
“Once this has been done it will be presented to the WICB (West Indies Cricket Board).”
However, Bassarth gave no indication of a timeframe for the conclusion of the investigation. It is learnt that the eminent officials of QPCC, who celebrated the 125th anniversary of the club’s founding over the Test match weekend, are concerned that the farcical abandonment could jeopardize.
It is understood that prominent officials of QPCC, who celebrated the 125th anniversary of the club’s founding over the Test match weekend, are concerned that the farcical abandonment could jeopardise the venue hosting major international matches in the future the venue hosting major international matches in future .
In 2017 Pakistan will tour West Indies for a series.
The shambolic final Test also made the WICB worry, given that the agreement of the Indians to play four Tests in the Caribbean was seen as a major diplomatic triumph after the abandonment of a tour of India by the West Indies in October 2014.
India subsequently dropped their multi-million dollar compensation claim against the WICB after the tour was cut amid a players’ pay dispute.
Now West Indies will play a two-match T20I series against India in Florida on August 27 and 28 as both teams seek to tap into the huge expatriate Indian population in the United States.