Thanks to their busy international calendar, the Indian cricket team has often ended up playing on the biggest of festival days, even at home. The Men in Blue have often found themselves on the park on the day of Diwali or Holi.
In a rare instance, though, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided on Thursday to postpone the third ODI between India and New Zealand at the Ferozeshah Kotla in New Delhi from October 19 to 20th due to the festival of ‘Karva Chauth.’ “It was a repeated request from the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA), and we accepted it,” BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke told TOI on Thursday. “We’re thankful to the BCCI for their cooperation on this issue,” said senior BCCI and DDCA vicepresident CK Khanna.Defending the shift, Khanna said: “The last time we hosted an international match involving India on a festival day was way back in 1994, and it was a day game. We’ve never hosted an international match on ‘Karva Chauth’. How can we ask spectators to come to the ground on such an occasion, and that too for a day-night game. We’ve to keep the sentiments of the people in mind. On ‘Karva Chauth’ married women in North India begin their prayers at 4.30pm and end their fast by 8.30 in the presence of their husband.”
Apparently, the ticket sales for the match would have taken a hit had the match not been postponed. It is learnt that the BCCI would send an official confirmation about this match being postponed by a day only after a go-ahead from New Zealand Cricket (NZC).
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