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First day of test abandoned because of dangerous outfield
Just when West Indies looked back on the up after the drubbing of England in the first test, cricket in the region has suffered another blow to its credibility.
The first day’s play in the second test match at Antigua was abandoned on Friday because of an ‘unfit and dangerous’ pitch, match referee Alan Hurst said.
West Indies bowlers were struggling to complete their run-ups because of sand on the ground used to plug holes in the outfield. England were seven for no wicket when play was halted.
“They will abandon play for the day as the ground is unfit and dangerous for the bowlers,” Hurst told Sky Sports. ”We will look at relocating the game, but the game is abandoned for today and we’ll look into it and make a further announcement later on today.”
England had to relocate a training session on Thursday because of the state of the outfield at the Sir Vivian Richards stadium, which had problems shortly after opening when it hosted games at the 2007 World Cup.
How could this be allowed to happen in international cricket in 2009? Sir Viv deserves better.
PHOTO: West Indies leave the field after play was abandoned for the day at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium Feb. 13, 2009. REUTERS/Philip Brown