When the International cricket match between India and New Zealand was pushed by one day, it received nothing but criticism. Reason being, Karva Chauth, a predominantly north Indian festival, where women fast and men simply need to be there at night, to break the fast.
The question remains, will Indian festivals will be deciding factor in the coming games as well?
The BCCI decided to shift Kotla ODI between India and New Zealand from 19th October due to the 20th due to Karva Chauth. Senior BCCI and DDCA vice-president CK Khanna confirmed the reports saying that BCCI agreed to the request of postponing the game for a day due to Karva Chauth.
When the request came forward to the national governing body, it was accepted without much debate. But, why is cricket affected by this festival. Yes, the wives need the husbands to be around, but in an important event, pictures also do the trick.
Well, the actual reason is not the customs around Karva Chauth but the marketing bit. According to BCCI Secretary Ajay Shirke, with important festival and matches clashing, the sale of tickets doesn't pick up. Other than this, providing security would be an important issue as the police would be busy managing the pressure during the festive day.
New Zealand will play three Test matches and five ODIs during the India tour. The match would last for more than a month starting from September 22 up to October 29. The first match of ODI will be played in Kanpur.
However, the BCCI’s decision has met with condemnation Here is how the Twitterati reacted!
When Karva Chauth was given more importance than drought hit Maharashtra.
Karva Chauth is truly a festival for women, then why this decision?
Do you remember any game postponed due to Diwali or Holi?
The odd decisions that BCCI took is more of a mockery than a good solution to any factor whether a drought or a festival. We guess, we now need a new committee altogether.
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