ST JOHN'S, Antigua, Feb 13 The second test
between West Indies and England was abandoned on Friday because
of what officials described as an "unfit and dangerous" outfield
at the Sir Vivian Richards stadium.
Following is a selection of what players, officials and
former players said.
West Indies great Viv Richards: "This is not a shot in the
foot for West Indies cricket, this is an arrow right through the
heart. This is a huge pill to swallow ... there are a lot of
folks around these parts who love their cricket."
Match referee Alan Hurst: "The bowlers are having trouble
getting their footing, they were digging down in the sand and
the turf was giving way. The umpires decided it was very
dangerous and, after talking to the captains, decided it was
unfit for play."
West Indies captain Chris Gayle: "It's very disappointing
and embarrassing. It wasn't up to standard and I have to
apologise to the spectators. There was a huge turnout and
everyone wanted to see us play England.
"Both captains wanted to play cricket but our bowlers
weren't comfortable ... we didn't want to risk any injuries."
England captain Andrew Strauss: "It's not right test matches
have to be abandoned like this, lessons definitely need to be
learned. The game of cricket doesn't need this."
International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Haroon
Lorgat: "They (West Indies Cricket Board) must take
responsibility for it ... (it was) clearly their responsibility
to make sure it is fit to play. It is not good enough."
Former England all-rounder Ian Botham: "This is shambolic,
it is a joke and it (the ground) is a beach. Why on earth
anybody thought this would be okay to play on is beyond me."
Former West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding: "These are
not playing conditions for first class cricket or even club
"People have travelled all this way and especially in this
economic climate people don't waste a dime or a penny these
days. You have got to make sure these people in some way are
satisfied and they can get to see some cricket."
Former England captain Nasser Hussain: "This is literally
like running through a beach."
Former England opener Geoff Boycott: "This should be a huge
embarrassment to the WICB (West Indies Cricket Board) and they
should be moving fast to sort it out."
(Writing by Pritha Sarkar in London, editing by Tony