Sri Lanka complains to ICC on air pollution during Delhi Test

Sri Lanka complains to ICC on air pollution during Delhi Test

The match, which was being played at Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi, was disrupted multiple times, albeit briefly, on Sunday with India eventually declaring the innings for 536/7.

The nine players were on their way to Colombo airport late Monday for the overnight flight when they were ordered to return, one of the team told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Unprecedented visuals of Sri Lankan cricketers wearing face masks on the cricket field have reignited debate about hosting major sports in heavily polluted New Delhi, where doctors are increasingly vocal about the health risks posed by smog.

Due to increased breathing, those that do sports in a polluted environment are exposed to air pollution levels three times higher than those resting. "It's not normal for players to suffer in that way while playing the game". It is time the ICC comes up with a policy on pollution.

"There aren't too many rules regarding pollution. They will have meetings tonight to put in some sort of a precedent if it happens like this tomorrow." he had said.

The coach said there was pollution everywhere in India and it was the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) who had fixed the schedule. The islanders were booed by Indian fans as their opening batsmen walked to the crease after Kohli's declaration.

Generally, pollution levels rise during the winter across northern India and Pakistan due to crop burning in the region and cool air trapping particulates close to the ground. "It takes a serious toll on your health in the long run".

Last month more than 30,000 runners competed in the Delhi half-marathon - just days after smog shut schools amid a public health emergency in the capital.

With pollution levels particularly alarming in the past two years, doctors have raised awareness against sports events in Delhi.

Authorities in Delhi have in recent years closed power plants temporarily and experimented with taking some cars off the road but the measures have had little effect.

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