In a cricket series that took place in Bangladesh between Bangladesh and India, the Indian team has won the One Day International series by two points to zero. There were three games scheduled for this ODI series. The unforgiving and consistent rain in the third ODI that was played between the two teams caused the final match of the series to be abandoned.
When the third match of the Bangladesh – India ODI series was abandoned, India was at 119 for 9 off of 34.2 overs. Rain had already affected play throughout the series. Although India may have won the first two games of the series, they were not doing very well in the final game with three players struck within a short space of time. When rain stopped play at 1.15pm India was at 13 for 3 off of 8.3 overs.
Play resumed for a short time and the rain once again stopped play just after 2pm. At 4pm, it was announced that the match would resume at 4.30pm and it would be a 40-over game with a 20-minute innings break. At 6.12pm, rain once again stopped play but was expected to be resumed later. At 7.45pm, the match was finally abandoned due to the rain.
The 2014 FIFA World Cup soccer event is currently underway, and is taking up a large portion of the sports viewing time on Indian television and around the world. Bangladesh’s Gazi TV who owned the rights to broadcast the ODI series, were having trouble finding an Indian television network that was willing to buy the rights to broadcast the three ODI games. The Indian broadcasters either offered a lowball figure to shows these games, or were simply not interested since the broadcasters would have been showing football at overlapping times.
There had also been little interest shown in broadcasting the ODI games since India left all the top cricket players off the team. In the end, India’s Star Sports did broadcast the three One Day International games.