The Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board has launched an investigation after only 22 overs could be played over five days in the fourth and final Test between West Indies and India at the Queen’s Park Oval due to a soggy outfield.
The lack of action meant India won the four-Test series 2-0 but surrendered top spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings to Pakistan, less than a week after taking over the No 1 position from Australia.
Rain halted play on the first day of the Test after West Indies had reached 62 for two wickets and no further play was possible over the next four days despite periods of sunshine.
“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,” TTCB President Azim Bassarath said in a statement after the match.
“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.
“Once this has been done, it will be presented to the WICB (West Indies Cricket Board).”
The abandonment and lack of modern equipment at the ground has been panned by critics and former cricketers as the Test format struggles to attract spectators in the Caribbean.
Former West Indies captain Viv Richards was among those critical of the organisers.
“Folks here have some questions to answer,” the batting great said on television commentary. “Not having a Super Sopper (mechanical mop) is unacceptable.”
The ground might also face action from the governing ICC if Sri Lankan match referee Ranjan Madugalle submits an adverse report against the venue.
“It is not for the BCCI to run or interfere in other cricket boards,” Indian cricket board (BCCI) secretary Ajay Shirke was quoted as saying by the Times of India.
“If at all, it is an ICC issue.”