The West Indies and Pakistan were forced to move their final practice sessions to the Kensington Oval in Kingston on Monday.
The West Indies and Pakistan were forced to move their final practice sessions to the Kensington Oval in Kingston after the facilities at Sabina Park were not ready.
The two sides meet in the opening match of the Cricket World Cup. The hosts will be hoping to gather momentum from the start with a clinical performance against a side that has had its fair share of controversy over the past year.
Former West Indian fast bowler, Andy Roberts, a pitch consultant for the World Cup believes the opening match will go ahead as scheduled despite the nets being used as a dumping ground during renovations.
"It is something that should never have happened but at this late stage there is no point trying to rush them for these games," Roberts told Reuters. "What we need to do now is make sure they [the nets] are ready for the semi-finals. In fact, they will be ready for the semi-finals but there won't be much grass on them."
The International Cricket Council (ICC) will investigate the matter further.
"If you're asking why it's happened you're talking to the wrong man. We would rather practice on good facilities than facilities that are not ready," added Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer.
Steve Smith couldn’t get a hundred today. The Badger could.
England get Steve Smith out for just 80. Great success.
England are utterly infuriating, they really are.
Joe Root > Don Bradman. That’s just maths.
Can England get a match-winning lead?
Changes for both teams ahead of The Oval.
England’s Test-match batting is broken. Time to get back to basics.
The WTC scoring system is stupid, but the fix is easy. Get it done.
The Badger lets off steam.
Joe Root is shepherding the ‘righteous’ England team through ‘the valley of darkness’ and must ‘lay his vengeance’ upon those closest to him