3rd ODI: Play called off due to wet outfield

Published: Tuesday, May 15, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Chittagong:The third and final one-day international between Bangladesh and India was called off on Tuesday after heavy overnight and morning rain left the outfield waterlogged and.

Umpires Asoka de Silva and Enamul Haq called off the match when there was not enough time left to play the mandatory 20-overs-a-side needed to decide a one-day international.

"We feel sorry for the crowd but the ground conditions were just not good enough," said de Silva as some 18,000 disappointed local fans made their way out of the stadium.

India won the opening two matches of the series in Dhaka last week, their first outing since a first-round exit from the World Cup, where they lost to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in the preliminary stage.

The two teams practiced at the indoor nets ahead of the first of two Test matches starting here on Friday. The second Test will be played in Dhaka from May 25.

Meanwhile, the seven Indian Test players who were not part of the one-day squad joined their teammates here.

Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Wasim Jaffer, Venkatsai Laxman, Anil Kumble, Vikram Rajvir Singh and Rajesh Pawar joined the rest of Test squad in Chittagong.

The one-day players who will return home are Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Virender Sehwag, Dinesh Mongia, Piyush Chawla and Rudra Pratap Singh.

Rookie Manoj Tewari flew home before the series after suffering a shoulder injury at practice a day before the first one-dayer in Dhaka on May 10.

Bangladesh have made five changes for the Test series, bringing in Rajin Saleh, Tushar Imran, Khaled Mashud, Enamul Haque Junior and Mehrab Hossain.

They will replace Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal, Aftab Ahmed, Abdur Razzak and Farhad Reza from the one-day squad.

The first match starts in Chittagong on Friday with the second in Dhaka from May 25.

ThatsCricket (with inputs from Agencies)

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