NEWLANDS could lose its status as an international venue after the West Indies trounced Pakistan in less than three hours at the Cape Town ground in the final round-robin match of the triangular one-day series yesterday.
With the ball lifting unpredictably Pakistan, the world one-day champions, were bowled out for 43, the lowest total in a limited-overs international. Canada managed only 45 against England at Old Trafford in the 1979 World Cup. The West Indies took only 12.3 overs to knock off the runs, but lost three wickets before winning what was a dress rehearsal for Saturday's tournament final. South Africa had already been eliminated.
'The Test status of Newlands is in question now,' Krish Mackerdhuj, president of the United Cricket Board of South Africa, said. 'For an international match to be over within three hours is totally unacceptable,' he said.
The tone of the match was set by the first ball, Patrick Patterson having Ramiz Raja caught. His fellow paceman Courtney Walsh, who took 4 for 17, dismissed Salim Malik for one, and Asif Mujtaba and captain Wasim Akram for ducks in the same over. Zahid Fazal was Pakistan's highest scorer with 21.
TRIANGULAR ONE-DAY SERIES (Cape Town): Pakistan 43 (19.5 overs; C A Walsh 4-17); West Indies 45 for 3 (12.3 overs).Reuse content