This second Test series between India
(like the third, held six years later) consisted of five drawn matches and a
good deal of dull, over-cautious cricket. It was the first five-match Test
rubber to produce five drawn games. The tour inspired only one written
account, a book appropriately entitled "Cricket without Challenge".
The Tests were four-day affairs, not long enough to achieve a
result when batsmen score at such a slow pace.Three of the matches were played on matting
pitches. Lala Amarnath, back in favour with the Indian authorities and managing
the team, tested his own form in one match with a view to appearing in the
4th Test match because of his players' lack of experience on matting wickets,
like that at Peshawar.In the end he chose not to play and in any
case the ground authorities agreed that the match would be played on turf.
Homi Contractor (chairman), M Dutta Ray, Cota Ramaswami and the tour manager, Lala Amarnath,
chose the team after witnessing two trial matches.
Tour Party Announced : the names of ten players were given out on 6 December 1954 and
seven more (•) on 13 December.
(*)The seven names added
Selected : Madhav Apte, Ramnath Kenny.
Time between selection and departure from India
(13 - 27 December)
The western Indian players took the train from Bombay’s
Victoria Terminus to Calcutta.
The team flew out on 27 December to Chittagong
in East Pakistan. Ghulam Ahmed, C V Gadkari,
C D Gopinath and the manager left later because of a delay in obtaining
At the end of this first section of the tour, the team flew from Dacca by a Pakistan International Airlines flight,
on the night of 6 January 1955.