Port of Spain - The
fourth and final Test of the series between the West Indies and India
was abandoned as a draw because of a waterlogged outfield on the
scheduled fifth morning in Trinidad on Monday.
No play was possible for the fourth consecutive day at the Queen's
Park Oval, after only 22 overs were bowled at the start of the match
with the West Indies reaching 62 for two before lunch on day one.
A torrential shower at the lunch interval prevented play for the
remainder of the day and also left the playing area unfit for action
over the remaining four days despite the desperate efforts of local
authorities to have the ground dried out in continuing sunshine.
India win the series 2-0 but surrender the top spot in the Test
rankings to Pakistan as they needed to defeat the West Indies 3-0 to
prevent their arch-rivals from supplanting them at the top, following a
2-2 series draw in England.
This match goes down in the 139 years of Test cricket as the
third-shortest match ever and officials of the West Indies Cricket
Board, the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board and the Queen's Park
Cricket Club have faced severe criticism over their management of a
situation that was always likely to unfold given that August is one of
the rainiest months of the year in Trinidad.
No Test match had ever been scheduled after the month of June in the
86 years that the venue has been hosting international cricket.
West Indies cricket now holds the unenviable record of hosting the
three shortest Test matches for reasons related to pitch and playing
In 1998, the first Test of the series against England at Sabina Park
in Kingston, Jamaica lasted less than an hour before the umpires
determined that the pitch was too dangerous for the English batsmen to
face genuine fast bowling.
And in 2009, also against England, the scheduled second Test of the
series survived less than two overs when the officials determined that
the heavily-sanded outfield, which included the bowlers run-ups, made
proper movement without the risk of injury for the fielding team almost