We focussed on playing: Indian bowling coach on Delhi pollution irking Lanka

Maricruz Casares
Diciembre 7, 2017

Today was a fantastic day, felt like Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka and India play their third and final Test which ended on Wednesday at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium.

Play resumed but Sri Lanka protested twice more, with the visitors soon short on fielders as pacemen Lahiru Gamage and Suranga Lakmal returned to the pavilion.

"This match should not have taken place in the first place".

Concentrations of the smallest and most harmful airborne pollutants in Delhi, one of the world's most polluted capitals, hit 384 - 15 times the World Health Organization maximum - before returning to levels considered just "unhealthy", the U.S. embassy website showed.

"You have fast bowlers, batsmen and fielders out there exposed to these very harmful pollutants over five days at a stretch".

According to the BBC, India's Cricket Board says it will take smog into consideration when scheduling matches in Delhi in the future.

Asela Gunaratne, who had picked up a thumb fracture during the Galle Test against India, was also cleared for selection by the medical staff. Sri Lanka had left out Nuwan Pradeep and Kusal Mendis from the Test series due to various concerns ranging from swelling workload to loss of form.

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But the United States embassy website on Monday urged Delhi residents to "avoid all outdoor exertion" as concentrations of the smallest and most harmful airborne pollutants known as PM2.5 soared to hazardous levels.

"My eyes are burning; my throat is dry".

Pollution levels generally rise during the winter in Delhi and across northern India fuelled by crop burning in the region and the fact that cooler air traps particulates close to the ground.

Other top-level sporting events in Delhi, such as global cricket and golf tournaments, have attracted less attention despite the hazardous levels of pollution.

Last month, days after schools were closed amid a public health emergency, around 35,000 runners participated in the city's half marathon.

According to the Hindustan Times, doctors launched a legal challenge in an unsuccessful attempt to prevent the race from going ahead.

"The match can not be cancelled though pollution is everybody's concern".

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