West Indies v England, 2nd Test, Antigua, 1st day February 13, 2009

Test abandoned after sandpit farce

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1.4 overs England 7 for 0 (Strauss 6*, Cook 1*) v West Indies - match abandoned
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Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook discuss the situation with the umpires, as play is abandoned after ten deliveries © Getty Images
 

The second Test between England and West Indies at the Sir Vivian Richards stadium in Antigua has been abandoned after just ten deliveries, after the sand-based outfield was deemed a safety risk to the bowlers. The day's play was halted midway through the second over, only two balls after a 20-minute delay for rain, as Fidel Edwards flung the ball away in disgust, after failing three times in a row to enter his delivery stride.

After a lengthy discussion between the captains, Chris Gayle and Andrew Strauss, and the onfield umpires, Daryl Harper and Tony Hill, the ICC match referee, Alan Hurst was left to make the difficult decision. The run-ups were hastily dug up straight after the close, but it was a futile gesture. The only option available to the authorities was an outright abandonment, a situation eerily reminiscent of the Sabina Park farce in 1997-98, when batsman safety was the issue on a dangerously uneven pitch.

To the huge embarrassment of the West Indies Cricket Board, this was a situation that had been telegraphed in the days leading up to the match. England were unable to train at the stadium on either of the two days leading up to the match, decamping instead to the island's original Test venue, the near-derelict Antigua Recreation Ground in St John's, which has been drafted back into service at short notice for the start of the hastily arranged third Test on Sunday. WICB officials recce-ed the ground straight after the abandonment, although Andy Roberts, the top groundsman in the island, was doubtful whether it could be made ready at such short notice.

Another option could have been to shift the match to Sir Allen Stanford's private ground near the airport, the venue of the 20/20 for 20 in November, although such is the relationship between Stanford and the WICB that that was never realistically considered. For the moment, however, all attention centres on a farce, like the Sabina Park abandonment 11 years ago, that could and should have been avoided. That match lasted for 10.1 overs, the shortest in Test history, but this one could have just set an unbeatable record.

The outfield, which was relaid in October after high-profile issues with the drainage during the 2007 World Cup, was declared by Hurst on the eve of the match to be "unsatisfactory" but he added that it would be impossible to know how bad the situation was until play actually got underway. It took less than a delivery for the doubts to begin to surface. Chris Gayle won the toss and bowled, hoping to inflict further scars on England after their 51 all out at Kingston last week, but Jerome Taylor failed to deliver his first ball at the first attempt, and then ended up sending it down from parallel with the stumps, after completely losing his run-up.

Edwards at the other end had an even tougher time of it. He bowled two balls before a light shower caused the players to leave the field, but upon the resumption, his frustration grew with every delivery. With sand visibly being kicked up as he pounded to the crease, he managed to bowl two half-cocked deliveries before hurling the ball to the keeper in disgust and precipitating the inquest.

"The bowlers have deemed the run-ups to be a safety hazard," said Hurst while the situation remained up in the air. "Rather than saying the game is abandoned we are saying it is abandoned for the day. I am not sure what the options are, maybe extend the time for the Test and play it at another venue. That will have to be a decision made by the boards and the ICC."

Prior to the start of play, the real concerns had revolved around the fielders in the outfield. At Brisbane in 2002-03, Simon Jones wrecked his knee while attempting a slide on a similarly sand-based outfield, and Brendan Nash was noticeably reluctant to slide while fielding at square leg. But it was the lack of firmness under foot that was the real issue. From the moment the doubts were raised, an abandonment was the only feasible outcome.

West Indies 1 Chris Gayle (capt), 2 Devon Smith, 3 Ramnaresh Sarwan, 4 Shivnarine Chanderpaul, 5 Brendan Nash, 6 Ryan Hinds, 7 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 8 Jerome Taylor, 9 Daren Powell, 10 Sulieman Benn, 11 Fidel Edwards

England 1 Andrew Strauss (capt), 2 Alastair Cook, 3 Owais Shah, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Paul Collingwood, 6 Andrew Flintoff, 7 Matt Prior (wk), 8 Stuart Broad, 9 Ryan Sidebottom, 10, James Anderson, 11 Monty Panesar

Andrew Miller is UK editor of Cricinfo

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  • POSTED BY Sachit1979 on | February 14, 2009, 8:11 GMT

    Whatever has happened is not good for Cricket. If reason behind this lack of proper arrangements was prolonged fund crisis that WICB has been facing then ICC should come forward to rescue the board and Cricket in Carribean islands.

  • POSTED BY nanu2404 on | February 14, 2009, 7:20 GMT

    IT'S ALL IN DATE AND DAY FIRDAY THE 13TH. NEVER START A GAME ON THAT DAY. HA HA

  • POSTED BY RRMaity on | February 14, 2009, 6:19 GMT

    That's the best example of a 'U LAL LA LA LU LE O " Cricket... no body seems to be accountable.... no wonder why WI cricket has gone down so badly over the last few years....

  • POSTED BY allblue on | February 14, 2009, 2:17 GMT

    A very dark day for cricket. The game is suffering a crisis of leadership, both at national board and ICC level as today's incompetence bordering on negligence illustrates. We now move into the 'Not my fault, guv' phase: Julian Hunte says it is not a resignation matter (which begs the question: then what the hell is?) and Haroon Lorgat snapped into action by pushing all the blame back on the WICB. How strange then that on the Windies site I just read "In terms of the immediate future for the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, the venue will now be subject to the start of the ICC Pitch and Outfield Monitoring Process." So now they are gong to inspect the pitch - after the game has been abandoned? I would have thought that before the game would have been more useful! re dodgy outfields: you might want to keep an eye on developments at the Swalec Stadium in Cardiff, where the first Ashes Test is supposed to take place in a few months (another inexplicable ECB decision!) Strewth, I need a drink.

  • POSTED BY LITT on | February 14, 2009, 1:42 GMT

    Utter non-sense. That kind of thing is unacceptable at highest level of cricket.

  • POSTED BY TheDoctor394 on | February 13, 2009, 22:19 GMT

    There are idiots everywhere in the world, but surely the WICB and ICC have a monopoly on most of them?

  • POSTED BY audley on | February 13, 2009, 20:41 GMT

    The entire West Indies Cricket Board and members of the local Cricket Board should tender their resignation. This is an utter disgrace! Members of the local cricket board was on national radio all last week and this week touting the readiness of the grounds. It is a shame if no one is held responsible for this debicle - a black eye for Antigua.

  • POSTED BY buffalobill99 on | February 13, 2009, 20:08 GMT

    It's an absolute disgrace that even one ball could have been bowled. Hang your heads in shame, West Indies cricket.

  • POSTED BY DieHeart-WI-Fan on | February 13, 2009, 20:05 GMT

    It is a shame. The West Indies cricket board need to dismantle. All West Indian needs to call for all the board members to resign. The incompetence are unbearable. Enough is enough West Indian should stand for this anymore. This is an embarrassment to all the West Indian. As a West Indian I am just sick and tired WICB. They can't seem to do anything right. If the current board get dismantle, the new WICB should be made up with one member from each Nation that respent the West Indies Cricket. The West Indies Cricket Board needs to apology to all it fans, to it player, to the England Cricket team and to the Enlish cricket fans. This is not the 1st time some thing like that had happen. The West Indies cricket site for Audio Commentary don't even work and also even the West Indies sponsor site don't even have any audio link. There was suppose to free Audio Commentary on both the West Indies and it sponsor site.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | February 13, 2009, 19:40 GMT

    Why not shift the venue to Sabina Park where the first test was played? Surely that ground would still be match ready after the last test.Alternately shift the venue to Barbados & play 2 tests back to back. England would be well within their rights to walk out of the series and ICI declare the series null and void. WCB have made a mockery of International Test Cricket and deserve suspension from the international cricket for a couple of years until they show they are capable of meeting their Cricket commitments.

  • POSTED BY Sachit1979 on | February 14, 2009, 8:11 GMT

    Whatever has happened is not good for Cricket. If reason behind this lack of proper arrangements was prolonged fund crisis that WICB has been facing then ICC should come forward to rescue the board and Cricket in Carribean islands.

  • POSTED BY nanu2404 on | February 14, 2009, 7:20 GMT

    IT'S ALL IN DATE AND DAY FIRDAY THE 13TH. NEVER START A GAME ON THAT DAY. HA HA

  • POSTED BY RRMaity on | February 14, 2009, 6:19 GMT

    That's the best example of a 'U LAL LA LA LU LE O " Cricket... no body seems to be accountable.... no wonder why WI cricket has gone down so badly over the last few years....

  • POSTED BY allblue on | February 14, 2009, 2:17 GMT

    A very dark day for cricket. The game is suffering a crisis of leadership, both at national board and ICC level as today's incompetence bordering on negligence illustrates. We now move into the 'Not my fault, guv' phase: Julian Hunte says it is not a resignation matter (which begs the question: then what the hell is?) and Haroon Lorgat snapped into action by pushing all the blame back on the WICB. How strange then that on the Windies site I just read "In terms of the immediate future for the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, the venue will now be subject to the start of the ICC Pitch and Outfield Monitoring Process." So now they are gong to inspect the pitch - after the game has been abandoned? I would have thought that before the game would have been more useful! re dodgy outfields: you might want to keep an eye on developments at the Swalec Stadium in Cardiff, where the first Ashes Test is supposed to take place in a few months (another inexplicable ECB decision!) Strewth, I need a drink.

  • POSTED BY LITT on | February 14, 2009, 1:42 GMT

    Utter non-sense. That kind of thing is unacceptable at highest level of cricket.

  • POSTED BY TheDoctor394 on | February 13, 2009, 22:19 GMT

    There are idiots everywhere in the world, but surely the WICB and ICC have a monopoly on most of them?

  • POSTED BY audley on | February 13, 2009, 20:41 GMT

    The entire West Indies Cricket Board and members of the local Cricket Board should tender their resignation. This is an utter disgrace! Members of the local cricket board was on national radio all last week and this week touting the readiness of the grounds. It is a shame if no one is held responsible for this debicle - a black eye for Antigua.

  • POSTED BY buffalobill99 on | February 13, 2009, 20:08 GMT

    It's an absolute disgrace that even one ball could have been bowled. Hang your heads in shame, West Indies cricket.

  • POSTED BY DieHeart-WI-Fan on | February 13, 2009, 20:05 GMT

    It is a shame. The West Indies cricket board need to dismantle. All West Indian needs to call for all the board members to resign. The incompetence are unbearable. Enough is enough West Indian should stand for this anymore. This is an embarrassment to all the West Indian. As a West Indian I am just sick and tired WICB. They can't seem to do anything right. If the current board get dismantle, the new WICB should be made up with one member from each Nation that respent the West Indies Cricket. The West Indies Cricket Board needs to apology to all it fans, to it player, to the England Cricket team and to the Enlish cricket fans. This is not the 1st time some thing like that had happen. The West Indies cricket site for Audio Commentary don't even work and also even the West Indies sponsor site don't even have any audio link. There was suppose to free Audio Commentary on both the West Indies and it sponsor site.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | February 13, 2009, 19:40 GMT

    Why not shift the venue to Sabina Park where the first test was played? Surely that ground would still be match ready after the last test.Alternately shift the venue to Barbados & play 2 tests back to back. England would be well within their rights to walk out of the series and ICI declare the series null and void. WCB have made a mockery of International Test Cricket and deserve suspension from the international cricket for a couple of years until they show they are capable of meeting their Cricket commitments.

  • POSTED BY yaadie on | February 13, 2009, 19:16 GMT

    What a disgrace this is to the entire region...If the entire WIBC board(and I use the term board loosely) has one iota of pride the would all resign effective immediately.....I feel pain for those British fans who made vacation plans years in advance to attend this match...To those I offer my sincere apology...

  • POSTED BY uffafox3 on | February 13, 2009, 18:48 GMT

    Well..........hallelujah! Its official. They are starting the entire test over........AT THE ARG. My prayers have been answered. The ARG should never have been abandoned......and this is the right and just resurrection of a hallowed ground.

  • POSTED BY kaiser1 on | February 13, 2009, 18:48 GMT

    I Was so happy 4 WI after the 1st test but it all turned to sour and bitterness after i learnt about the sand farce saga. Can u believe i live in Hong Kong and i follow all the live cricket no matter where it is played and its 02:35 in the mornung aqnd i'm reading about the latest news regarding the test match which i would have seen live as b4 but i'm am aghast to see all this happening. What if it had happened in Pakistan the most hated team by the western countries and the Icc and even BCCi. They forfeited the Oval Test in favour of ECB and now what? would follow asa repercussion for WIBC. I wonder? Thanks.It would have been another forfeit in favour of ECB if Pakistan team were involved i'm sure.100'000%.

  • POSTED BY legendmike on | February 13, 2009, 18:36 GMT

    Now they are thinking of moving the match to the ARG...i.e WI initiative lost, England suddenly right back in contention with just 10 balls being bowled. Reason: (i)England have had good practice on the pitch, (ii) The distraction of this whole fiasco, has taken some of the tension of the Engalnd team, and some of the focus is now presently the ineptness of the WI board.

  • POSTED BY nyallj on | February 13, 2009, 17:56 GMT

    Last week I mentioned that we in Guyana not getting test matches because suppposedly WICB will make more money in the Islands. Never minde the islands not getting crowds to fill the stands, and we in Guyana would. Now with this unfortunate fiasco, will there be reason to give Guyana a match in the future? Sir Viv should ask them to kindly just remove his name from the sandpit. Since the World Cup this place has not been ready. How much more of fools can the WICB make themselves? Can they get any lower? Anyone wants to bet me they can?

  • POSTED BY PeterClatworthy on | February 13, 2009, 17:36 GMT

    Is it just me, or have we seen a series of major incidents the like of which were never experienced prior to the transfer of the ICC headquarters away from Lords to Dubai?

  • POSTED BY Sherod on | February 13, 2009, 17:26 GMT

    This might seem like something new to the rest of the world, but it's what we have grown to expect here in the cricket loving country of Guyana. It's just another clear case of the WICB letting the Team, and by extension the entire Caribbean down. Many may wonder why WI cricket is in the state it is, this is your answer, the same people that are responsible for ensuring that this ground was ready, have been overseeing the running of the game in the west Indies. They can't get a simple ground read for in international match after three months of preparation, how can they ensure that we have a team that can compete at a high standard consistently? I think Dave martin said it best when he said what we have is not a board, it's more like saw dust and glue.

  • POSTED BY PetraH on | February 13, 2009, 17:20 GMT

    I know I might offend some Antiguans here, but ALL of your grounds are RUBBISH!!! The ARG was the death of bowlers and the pitch kept the ball low and slow. Brian Lara scored two triple hundreds on that ground and the ARG is not even in his top three stadiums. The same can be said about the new Viv Richards Stadium...it is just as dead as the ARG. Now this fiasco with the sand. If you want really great cricket, stick to Sabina, Kensington, Queens Park Oval and Beausejour. All the other grounds in the Caribbean are not worthy of Test status.

  • POSTED BY Cleon on | February 13, 2009, 17:09 GMT

    this really is a day at the beach spades, shovels, bucket and sand castles. Antigua is known for a beach a day 365 now they have added one for leap years 366. total disgrace, no apologies need fire someone, this is gross negligence sue someone.

  • POSTED BY legendmike on | February 13, 2009, 16:59 GMT

    Ok, at first I was trying to be calm and try to find solutions. I know that my input wouldn't get to the messrs in charge, thus I must rant and express dissapointment. How can so called organisers, not ensure the most basic and important part of their job be fulfilled? The venue and accomodation are the most important basics!!! There are at least 50 grounds in the caribbean that have outfields better curated than this farce, and I am including 2nd division domestic cricket grounds!! How could the ground not be ready with at least three months preparation notice? How could no one identify that the ground was unsuitable for an international event? Who is ultimately in charge of overseeing this aspect of organising? Where is the honesty in saying 'we will not be ready to accomodate the game, hold the next one in Jamaica while you are there?' RIDICULOUS!!!!!

  • POSTED BY ReVe on | February 13, 2009, 16:49 GMT

    I am extremely disappointed by what has happened here today.West Indies Cricket Board has to take blame for this shameful event. Totally disgraceful for cricket. If this ground isn't perfect for the international match then how come board has permitted to start the match?? They should have checked all the important aspects before starting this important test match. Its going to make bad image for West Indies cricket for sure. The West Indies cricket team has started to make some positive vive to the cricket world after beating English in the first test match and now they letting it down by this shocking reason. I am not sure if this ground will be playable after 1 day abandoned. Lets see what West Indies Cricket Board takes decision. I hope they will take proper steps to start this test match again and make this series as exciting as it was in the first test! Finger crossed*

  • POSTED BY Rezaul on | February 13, 2009, 16:44 GMT

    i m upset at the mismanagement of WICB. i just cant understand what role they performed before the test match. Let hope they take immediate action to save this match. In fact this gives an out view how does WICB work and thats the reason why the so much talented side with plenty of genius are so down in ranking!

  • POSTED BY cricketinthebar on | February 13, 2009, 16:43 GMT

    Sad,sad,sad.....as someone said before i feel cheated, i am a true test cricket fan, I put of all my work for this weekend and planned to see England try to redeem themselves also to see this revitalised West Indies team try to continue laying on 2 to 1 victories. I guess I am wishing for too much but I would like to see them continue with the victories. Poor planning by the WICB, they should have a contingency plan in place to facilitate the continuation of this match seeing that there are two other worthy venues of international standards. -Sheldon, Trinidad& Tobago

  • POSTED BY Wakeybeancounter on | February 13, 2009, 16:39 GMT

    Did Crash Gordon Brown have anything to do with this ground,got his paws all over this.On second thoughts wonder if WICB are available to run the UK economy,seem to have all the right attributes including,no doubt,"nothing to do with me guv".

  • POSTED BY AdsDad on | February 13, 2009, 16:33 GMT

    I was at Sabina Park in 1998. That match cost me £50 per ball. To screw up once is incompetent; to do so again is unforgivable. Heads should roll at WICB.

  • POSTED BY spendulkar on | February 13, 2009, 16:32 GMT

    It seems highly unlikely that the match will be completed at its current location. If its bad today, it'll be bad tomorrow. So assuming the match is moved to Stanfords ground or the old Recreation Ground, will it be replayed in full? Surely, Strauss and the England camp will not be happy with a 4-day Test as that hands a massive advantage to the West Indies in terms of winning the series. Does anyone know the likely outcome in terms of time left in this unusual circumstance?

  • POSTED BY legendmike on | February 13, 2009, 16:22 GMT

    Does anyone know the capacity and ground dimensions of Stanford's ground; does it meet Test standards in terms of it's size? WI will definitely lose its momentum and mental stonghold after this farce. This is a great distration for the England away from the devastation of Sabina park.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | February 13, 2009, 16:18 GMT

    It is irresponsible & disgraceful that the West Indies Cricket Board could not even get a test match Cricket-worthy ground prepared for a touring side coming from other end of the hemisphere. There was over 3 months time to prepare and check that the ground's suitability. ICI should impose a severe penalty on the West Indies Cricket Board for such an act of abandoning the very basic responsibilty of ground preparation. Why was there no check for the quality of the ground well before the match started and correcting the deficiencies when there was time to do so. This is a simple common sense not a rocket science issue which is honoured even at the school match level leave alone test match. This is a total cop out by WI Cricket Board and is totally inexcusable.

  • POSTED BY Obinho on | February 13, 2009, 16:10 GMT

    What i really want to say im not allowed too. This is an outrage and this seems all to similar to the state of our region and its leaders. There is a bigger picture in here that English fans might not care about but as a West-Indian this is low as it gets. The WICB should be dissolved with immediate effect. What a shame. We need capable leaders in the Caribbean and what we definitely need are some capable grounds men. A sad day for WI cricket. Worse than anything that's ever happened on the pitch. My heart bleeds.

  • POSTED BY Nigel77 on | February 13, 2009, 16:06 GMT

    I hope the Test is moved to Sabina Park next week.

  • POSTED BY legendmike on | February 13, 2009, 16:00 GMT

    Hopefully, WICB will swallow whatever pride they have left, bury the egos, give Stanford a call, communicate with both teams and officials and transfer the match asap. They should be giving fans half tickets as they leave the ground. They will just have to pay Stanford for the use of his ground which I am quite sure is immaculately kept with better facilities than North Shore

  • POSTED BY MXRyan on | February 13, 2009, 15:58 GMT

    The WICB is an utter disgrace to cricket and indeed the country's sporting heritage itself.

    What sanctions will the ICC impose as a result? Probably none. Forfeit the game to England, refund all the travelling supporters and make this pathetic organisation accountable for its haplesss negligence for once.

  • POSTED BY jbgardener on | February 13, 2009, 15:52 GMT

    The seeds of this farce lie in the decision to build the new stadium miles away from St. John's rather than invest the available 2007 World Cup capital in re-furbishing the intimate, convenient and convivial old Recreation ground.

  • POSTED BY pragmatist on | February 13, 2009, 15:51 GMT

    In England new grounds have to wait for years for Test status. Look at how long the wonderful Rose Bowl in Southampton has had to wait. In West Indies, it seems Test status can transfer from one ground to another. Perhaps the ICC ought to have some kind of "Test status" inspection that grounds have to qualify for?

  • POSTED BY CaribbeanLionesse on | February 13, 2009, 15:51 GMT

    As a West Indian, I am absolutely mortified and enraged. Moreso because this ground has been a disaster from the very start. I was at the SVRCG for its debut during the CWC 2007 and it was a mess then. Then there was another drainage disaster there last year during the test against Australia and NOW THIS?! This is a woeful 'tribute' to Sir Viv. It makes us look third-rate and third world.

  • POSTED BY sidtr on | February 13, 2009, 15:50 GMT

    I put off all my plans for the evening, put off appointments for the weekend to watch a test match after a long time. I feel cheated. Cant imagine what the English fans feel like. I hope the sun comes out tho, if not the cricket i hope they enjoy the sun and the beer!

  • POSTED BY JJSyko on | February 13, 2009, 15:47 GMT

    Perhaps they can squeeze a match in at the Antigua Rec before they go down to Barbados. Surely the travelling fans deserve to watch some cricket on their tour!

  • POSTED BY westindiansk on | February 13, 2009, 15:46 GMT

    viv should ask that his name be removed from that poor excuse of a stadium in protest.the test should be played at stanford grounds or shifted to st. kitts and the w.i.c.c.b stand the cost of transporting and lodging all the tourist.

  • POSTED BY mohanjee on | February 13, 2009, 15:40 GMT

    It's beyond belief that a test match can be abandoned without weather interfering. They had all this time to prepare the test ground and it's indeed farcical!

  • POSTED BY AyazMansuri on | February 13, 2009, 15:40 GMT

    This is Shameful for ICC and cricket in general and a big big blow to ICC's plans of making Cricket a global game. I'm not sure ICC can go forward with their Olympic bid amids all of this.

    How was this ground given test status in the first place.

  • POSTED BY Charlery on | February 13, 2009, 15:39 GMT

    Can someone tell me the criteria or criterium used to determine the suitability of a ground after it's been prepared? How is it determined that the ground has met and exceeded the standard conditions needed to play a TEST MATCH? The ICC and WICB in particluar MUST take FULL Responsibility for embarassing Sir VIV, the Antiguan Population and THE ENTIRE CARIBBEAN. WE have been DISGRACED because of WICB's Arrogance and EGO amongst other things. WICB FIX IT and FIX it NOW!! The caribbean is tired of been treated as chopped liver. We are loyal to our team and we must be treated with dignity. I expect that some heads will roll for this.. No excuses !! or else the unthinkable should be done.. Yes, Boycott the other matches and send a message to ICC and WICB in particular. If WICB needs an alternative THE BCG in St. Lucia is always availabe.. As all knows it does not rain at the BCG and when it does.. matches aren't called off )

  • POSTED BY SuttonColdfieldCC on | February 13, 2009, 15:38 GMT

    When was the last time two English openers batted through a days play? The first green shoots of revival are starting to show through the sandy soil.......

  • POSTED BY michaelgreen78 on | February 13, 2009, 15:35 GMT

    What a joke. Shame on you WICB, I hope you can find a way to compensate all the fans who have paid their hard earned money to go and see this test match. I am utterly disappointed so I have no idea how those poor people must be feeling.

  • POSTED BY TheBeard on | February 13, 2009, 15:34 GMT

    I have a question - if this test is moved, rather than abandoned, then presumably the teams cannot be changed. So what happens if a player gets injured in the meantime?

  • POSTED BY captainjamieuk on | February 13, 2009, 15:27 GMT

    I was stunned at events in Jamaica now I'm stunned at events in Antigua. This is so unbelievably embarrassing for the West Indies words really fail me. All I can do is shake my head in disbelief.

  • POSTED BY Wiffy on | February 13, 2009, 15:26 GMT

    On the positive side, if this Test is abandoned we (WI) only have to win one more to take the series or draw one game not to loose the series.

    The cup is half full!

    PS It is a disgrace yadayada - WICB are a disgrace blah blah! I'm so tired of singing those tunes that I'm only looking at the implications of their stupidity!

  • POSTED BY cooliebai on | February 13, 2009, 15:26 GMT

    It's damn sad knowing the ground is bad and still wanting to play there, they would have been better off taking the match to Guyana. Maybe i'm in the wrong profession or they sure have the wrong people incharge of this thing.

  • POSTED BY ryanhannagan on | February 13, 2009, 15:25 GMT

    What a horrendous day for world cricket!!! First the Black Caps are robbed of a first series win in Australia by the weather and then the West Indies officials can't even providea decnt pitch/ground to play on.

  • POSTED BY pragmatist on | February 13, 2009, 15:20 GMT

    How would you feel if you had scheduled your holiday around this match? Yet again, it's the punters at the ground who suffer. The levels of incompetence on display here are quite incredible. Shame on the WICB. How hard is it to get a ground ready for a Test, really?

  • POSTED BY Bhattu on | February 13, 2009, 15:18 GMT

    Just what Test Cricket needed!! Spare a thought for English fans who've been travelling, I'm sure they'd take the 51 run capitulation over this. Hopefully they'll have some sun to go with the red stripes over the next few days. WICB and ICC need to take a long hard look at themselves. Shambolic and a real pity for this game.

  • POSTED BY Dhanno on | February 13, 2009, 15:18 GMT

    Bring back Bell! Shah was offered a chance and he didnt even come out to bat ;) I think Bell has done far better, he showed up in ignominious 51.. Can we seriously have him back ?? Oh god ECB has already decided that!!

  • POSTED BY Agnipurush on | February 13, 2009, 15:18 GMT

    This farce demonstrates that Mr. Allen Stanford has had justifiable reasons to be disgusted with the WICB - an organization that cannot put up a decent enough cricket ground. No wonder AS is pulling out.

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  • POSTED BY Agnipurush on | February 13, 2009, 15:18 GMT

    This farce demonstrates that Mr. Allen Stanford has had justifiable reasons to be disgusted with the WICB - an organization that cannot put up a decent enough cricket ground. No wonder AS is pulling out.

  • POSTED BY Dhanno on | February 13, 2009, 15:18 GMT

    Bring back Bell! Shah was offered a chance and he didnt even come out to bat ;) I think Bell has done far better, he showed up in ignominious 51.. Can we seriously have him back ?? Oh god ECB has already decided that!!

  • POSTED BY Bhattu on | February 13, 2009, 15:18 GMT

    Just what Test Cricket needed!! Spare a thought for English fans who've been travelling, I'm sure they'd take the 51 run capitulation over this. Hopefully they'll have some sun to go with the red stripes over the next few days. WICB and ICC need to take a long hard look at themselves. Shambolic and a real pity for this game.

  • POSTED BY pragmatist on | February 13, 2009, 15:20 GMT

    How would you feel if you had scheduled your holiday around this match? Yet again, it's the punters at the ground who suffer. The levels of incompetence on display here are quite incredible. Shame on the WICB. How hard is it to get a ground ready for a Test, really?

  • POSTED BY ryanhannagan on | February 13, 2009, 15:25 GMT

    What a horrendous day for world cricket!!! First the Black Caps are robbed of a first series win in Australia by the weather and then the West Indies officials can't even providea decnt pitch/ground to play on.

  • POSTED BY cooliebai on | February 13, 2009, 15:26 GMT

    It's damn sad knowing the ground is bad and still wanting to play there, they would have been better off taking the match to Guyana. Maybe i'm in the wrong profession or they sure have the wrong people incharge of this thing.

  • POSTED BY Wiffy on | February 13, 2009, 15:26 GMT

    On the positive side, if this Test is abandoned we (WI) only have to win one more to take the series or draw one game not to loose the series.

    The cup is half full!

    PS It is a disgrace yadayada - WICB are a disgrace blah blah! I'm so tired of singing those tunes that I'm only looking at the implications of their stupidity!

  • POSTED BY captainjamieuk on | February 13, 2009, 15:27 GMT

    I was stunned at events in Jamaica now I'm stunned at events in Antigua. This is so unbelievably embarrassing for the West Indies words really fail me. All I can do is shake my head in disbelief.

  • POSTED BY TheBeard on | February 13, 2009, 15:34 GMT

    I have a question - if this test is moved, rather than abandoned, then presumably the teams cannot be changed. So what happens if a player gets injured in the meantime?

  • POSTED BY michaelgreen78 on | February 13, 2009, 15:35 GMT

    What a joke. Shame on you WICB, I hope you can find a way to compensate all the fans who have paid their hard earned money to go and see this test match. I am utterly disappointed so I have no idea how those poor people must be feeling.