Delhi’s air pollution casts its shadow over India vs. Bangladesh cricket match

The air quality in Delhi continues to deteriorate and it has slipped into the ‘severe’ category in several places across the city. The first T20I between India and Bangladesh is scheduled to be played at Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on November 3 despite the alarming air pollution levels

 

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There have been growing concerns over pollution in Delhi. Recently, Bangladesh’s batsman Liton Das was seen training in a mask at the Arun Jaitley Stadium on Thursday. Some other players including Mushfiqur Rahim and Mustafizur Rahman were also spotted at the ground, however, they were without masks.

The poor air quality has led many to urge the BCCI to shift the match from Delhi. Former cricketer and BJP lawmaker Gautam Gambhir on Thursday said that no match should take place in Delhi until the pollution levels are brought under control.

Earlier in the day, Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly had confirmed that the match in Delhi will go ahead as planned.

When asked whether the match in Delhi would take place, Ganguly replied: “Yes, it will.”

The air quality in Delhi is getting worse day-by-day. And, reports suggest, that it is likely to take a plunge to dangerous levels over the next few days. Many environmentalist are concerned whether it is feasible to host a cricket match in such conditions.