Infographic: India-West Indies Port of Spain Test, 9 other shortest Tests and puzzling tactics from WICB

As the fourth Test between West Indies and India at Port of Spain ended in a draw because of rain and then wet outfield, questions have started rising over the arrangements made by the organisers on the schedule. Why host games during monsoons? This is the first time a Test was staged at Port of Spain in the month of August.

There was little play possible on Day One, which saw West Indies lose two wickets. Thereafter, not a ball was bowled in the Test with all five days called off. Post the downpour, what prevented the game was wet outfield. Surprisingly, the ground staff had not enough arrangements to cover most of the ground. There was also no super sopper available. This draw has led India to lose the top spot in the ICC Test ranking to Pakistan.

This was amongst the shortest Test played in terms of balls. This has not happened for the first time in a Caribbean ground and whenever this has happened the issue was either rain or poor arrangements for covering the outfield. ALSO READ: Pakistan become No.1 in Tests; Twitter reacts

West Indies is team, which holds interesting amount of history in Tests and have dominated cricket from mid-70s to mid-90s, it is surprising that their grounds do not have decent arrangements. This Test saw only 22 overs being bowled on Day 1 and no further play possible, this match went on to be the fifth shortest Test ever where play has begun.

The below infographic will give the details of top 10 shortest Tests.

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If we look closely at the infographic, three out of five shortest Tests have come in West Indies, which once again raises few questions, especially over the West Indies Cricket Board. Taking another angle of looking at this above infographic, we will find that most of the short Tests were affected due to rain as they were played in the heavy monsoon months of July and August.

Also, this was the third shortest non-abandoned Test match as the first two shortest Test matches were abandoned because the pitch was deemed dangerous. Again, it was West Indies. READ MORE: India vs West Indies: Why cricket is stuck in the past

Though, India have won the series by 2-0, one should not look much into the draw games. If full play was possible in second and fourth Test, it could have well been a whitewash. Preparations and arrangements should be focused on. Currently, an investigation has been announced by Trinidad & Tobago Cricket Board president Azim for the reason behind wet outfield, which led to draw despite the bright sunshine in the last four days.

(Abhishek Kumar is a cricket devotee currently staffing with Criclife.com. He can be followed on Twitter @abhik2593 and on Facebook at abhicricket.kumar)