West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite revealed his side were worried about the possibility of "career-threatening injuries" and discussed a possible abandonment before sealing their latest Twenty20 international victory over England on a damp outfield in Durham.
The Windies closed out a 21-run victory, their 11th in 15 T20 games against the English after Brathwaite approached the umpires early in the second innings and was ready to press to call the game off.
None of the Windies' team were involved in the recent Test series and have instead travelled directly from the Caribbean Premier League to the harsher conditions of northern England in mid-September.
But discomfort turned to serious concern after rain left the outfield greasy at Emirates Riverside and wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton slipped while fielding a ball, jarring his knee.
"I had a chat with a few of the boys in a huddle while Chadwick was getting treatment and most of them said it was unsafe," Brathwaite said.
"I told the umpires the boys had some concerns. In the first three or four overs we had two big slips, Chadwick and one other, and that was a worry."
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