The second ODI between India and New Zealand, originally scheduled to be played on Oct. 19 at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi, has been postponed by a day. The reason: 'Karva Chauth' 2016, the festival when married Hindu women fast from sunrise to moonrise for the longevity of their husbands.
The New Zealand cricket team will tour India for a total of three Test matches and five ODIs. While the Test matches are scheduled to take place from Sept. 22 to Oct. 12, the ODIs will be held from Oct. 16 to 29.
According to reports, the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) Vice-President CK Khanna wrote to the BCCI that the ticket sales would get affected if the match is held during 'Karva Chauth,' which is very popular in North India as compared to the rest of the country.
The BCCI accepted the request. The second ODI will now take place on Oct. 20. "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 told the Press Trust of India on Thursday.
Meanwhile, in a warm-up game, the New Zealand cricket team will face the current Ranji Trophy champions — Mumbai — in New Delhi, from Sept. 16-18. India cricket team hotshot Rohit Sharma is named in the 15-man squad for the Mumbai team, while Aditya Tare, the 28-year-old Sunrisers Hyderabad wicketkeeper, will captain the side.