The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Thursday decided to postpone the third One-Day International between India and New Zealand by a day due to the 'Karva Chauth' festival.
The match, which was scheduled to be played at the Feroz Shah Kotla on October 19, will be played at the same venue on October 20.
Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) vice-president C K Khanna confirmed that the BCCI agreed to their request to advance the date of the match.
"We are thankful to BCCI for accepting our request of shifting the date by a day. I have received a letter of acknowledgement for the same from BACK office," Khanna said.
The DDCA had written to BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke, intimating the Board about the practical difficulties in organising the match on the day of a festival prevalent in North India. The ticket sales would have taken a hit.
The Karva Chauth festival is celebrated with great gusto in many parts of the country, especially North and Central India. On this day, women fast from sunrise to moonrise and pray that their husbands be blessed with a long life.
IMAGE: The Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi.
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