Probe to be launched into the Oval’s poor outfield


August 24, 2016
Umpires Nigel Llong (right) Gregory Brathwaite (left) and Rod Tucker walk towards the pavilion after a last inspection before calling off due to a wet outfield the fourth Test cricket match between West Indies and India on the fifth day at Queen's Park Oval in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, on Monday. India won the series 2-0.


An investigation is to be launched into the reasons for the poor condition of the outfield at the Queen's Park Oval which led to play in the fourth Test between West Indies and India being abandoned after only 22 overs.

The Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board announced that it is teaming up with the Queen's Park Cricket Club (QPCC) to carry out the probe after the fourth and final Test finished in a farcical draw on the final day Monday.

Rain halted play just before lunch on last Thursday's opening day and the action never resumed, raising huge questions about the historic ground's drainage system and mopping-up operations.

Attempted mopping-up operations by the ground staff occurred in an abundance of sunshine at Queen's Park Oval, but was all in vain.

"As host, the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board and the QPCC regret that limited play was possible in the 4th Test match between WI and India at the Queen's Park Oval," the statement read.

"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 reached 62 for two in nearly two hours of play that was possible in the morning session of the opening day.

West Indies lost the opening Test in Antigua by an innings and 92 runs, drew the second in Jamaica before suffering a 237-run defeat in the third Test in St Lucia.

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