Queen’s Park Oval debacle continues on day four


The atrocious situation in the fourth Test between the West Indies and India in Port of Spain continued to devolve as no play was possible for the third consecutive day, all but ruling out any chance of a result.

Again there was bright sunshine after no rain had fallen overnight but the outfield remained waterlogged and too dangerous to play on.

With a similar situation unfolding in the first Test between South Africa and New Zealand in Durban, albeit for different reasons, it raises questions about the standards set by the ICC for venues hosting Test matches.

While some have been critical of the ground staff and their equipment, while others have questioned the decision to host a Test in Port of Spain in August, the match referee's report is becoming something of increasing interest to the media and cricket fans alike.

The frustration experienced by cricket fans during this Test cannot possibly be good for the game or the dwindling popularity of Test cricket.

No statement has been made, as yet, by the West Indies Cricket Board.