India set to lose no.1 Test ranking as rain plays spoilsport in Port of Spain

  • PTI, Port of Spain
  • Updated: Aug 22, 2016 00:49 IST
Play is called off due to rain during day 4 of the 4th and final Test between West Indies and India. (AFP Photo)

India stood on the brink of losing their number one status in the world as the fourth day’s play in the fourth and penultimate cricket Test against West Indies was abandoned owing to wet outfield in Port of Spain on Sunday.

Efforts to get the Queen’s Park Oval ready for play were given up in the very first hour of day four as the umpires called it off at 10.25 local time.

The first inspection was scheduled at 10, and the umpires deemed the ground unfit for any cricket for a third day running. As per one member of the ground staff, the umpires had said that there was an improvement from day three, but not sufficiently enough to allow for the game to advance. And so, India are set to lose their no.1 Test ranking, which they had gained last week following Australia’s 0-3 loss in Sri Lanka.

To retain this ranking going into the long home season, the Indian team needed to win this final Test in Trinidad and take the four match series by a 3-0 margin. But that looks impossible at this juncture, with threat of more rain and the ground in poor state. Pakistan will thus become the new no.1 Test ranked side, courtesy their 2-2 draw in England.

Earlier, an ICC release had said that the new no.1 side will be presented with the Test mace after the completion of this West Indies-India series brings out the new rankings’ order, which should be around lunch time on Monday once this match is finally abandoned.

Only 22 overs were bowled on day one at the Oval, on Thursday, and after winning the toss, West Indies were placed at 62 for two at lunch when the rain showers first came.

Day two and three were abandoned without a ball being bowled, just like day four, as wet outfield and intermittent showers made sure that the ground was unfit for cricket.

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