NEW DELHI -- A cricket match between India and New Zealand scheduled for October has been postponed by a day because it was originally to take place on 'Karva Chauth'--a Hindu festival celebrated predominantly in north India where women fast for the good health of their husbands.
The third match in the one-day international (ODI) series between the two countries was to take place in Delhi on 19 October this year, which is the same day as Karva Chauth. But the Delhi & District Cricket Association reportedly wrote the the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary Ajay Shirke asking for the match to be postponed for a day on the plea that there would otherwise be a drop in ticket sales for the game.
"We are thankful to BCCI for accepting our request of shifting the date by a day," DDCA vice president CK Khanna told PTI on Thursday. "I have received a letter of acknowledgement for the same from BACK office."
The cricket body's decision has met with criticism and humour.
An ODI has been shifted because of Karva Chauth. I don't even ...— Jamie Alter (@jamie_alterTOI) September 8, 2016
#BREAKING : BJP leader Anurag Thakur postpones the Cricket match in the support of Regressive & Patriarchal festival Karva Chauth.— Ekita (@LostByWaves) September 8, 2016
Can't watch cricket on TV...saas-bahu serial is on. Can't play cricket in Delhi...Karva Chauth is on. Women are actual BCCI.— Shafqat Nabi (@shafqatnabi) September 8, 2016
Karva Chauth did it easily what Maharashtra's worst drought in a century almost failed to do. Shift cricket matches somewhere else.— Amrut Thobbi (@amrutti) September 8, 2016
@jamie_alterTOI the only way shifting an ODI for Karva Chauth makes sense to me is if it was for women's cricket— Sayoni Aiyar (@sayoniaiyar) September 8, 2016