India Bangladesh series without broadcast takers
Updated - Jun 12, 2014 5:46 pm
The upcoming series between India and Bangladesh was already into talks when Bangladeshi skipper Mushfiqur Rahim expressed his discomfort on India sending a weaker team on tour. To add to the woes of the hosts, this particular tournament has till now found no broadcasters showing keenness in adopting the series rights.
What this threatens to do is make this series un-viewable for Indian fans on the television. With no channel ready to take it up even after being officially approached by Bangladesh’s Gazi TV, it is the network which holds the complete rights for broadcasting cricket in Bangladesh.
It is expected to be a lull series, though India is sending a second string squad to be led by Suresh Raina and has a list of fresh new faces. The likes of Akshar Patel, Ishwar Pandey, Robin Uthappa have their chance to make their case stronger with impressive games here. For a change India is without Skipper and wicket-keeper MS Dhoni who is off for a short holiday with family. The other big name which is missing is his deputy Virat Kohli who also requested for a break.
As many as 7 to 8 regular players are missing from the team and with the big stars sitting out, relaxing and football fever catching up with the FIFA World Cup. Broadcasters are little interested and are showing almost no inclination towards telecasting the series. The Star Sports made did make an offer but was lower than a million dollars and the hosts refused as per report by the Mirror.
Another channel Sony six which covers the Indian Premier League and a few other matches has the FIFA World Cup rights so has no slots for it. The matches in the series are expected to clash with the timing of the FIFA matches. Adding to that the viewership is not expected to be over whelming either making it another low.
The Indian board’s decision to rest R Ashwin, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Ravindra Jadeja along with Dhoni and Virat for the series is also a reason for the same. The organizers and broadcasters need to settle things up in a jiffy and ensure the cricket fans in India who are waiting to see their team in action actually get to see it.