Bishan Bedi Concerned About T20 In Delhi Amid 'hazardous Air Quality'
Former Indian cricketer Bishan Bedi voiced concerns over the first T20 being held at Kotla in Delhi amid the 'hazardous air quality' in the nation's capital. Bangladesh is scheduled to take on India in the first T20 at the Feroz Shah Kotla on November 3. Bishan Bedi took to Twitter to express his concerns and said that thought should be spared for the Indian and Bangladeshi cricketers who were set to play in Delhi. Bishan Bedi urged the people to accept the man-made fatalities with nature and questioned if a polluted city like Delhi deserved any sporting event at all.
Bishan Bedi voices concerns over the game in Delhi
In present state of ‘hazardous air quality’ n Delhi Let’s spare a thought fr Ind/B’Desh teams having to play T-20 on 3rd Nov at Kotla..Let’s accept our man made frailties w/Mother Nature..& ask does Delhi deserve any sporting event o International standard at all..?!!!— Bishan Bedi (@BishanBedi) October 30, 2019
BCCI won't shift venue
Notwithstanding taking a "serious note" of the deteriorating air pollution index of Delhi post-Diwali, the BCCI has ruled out any possibility of shifting out the venue of India's first T20 match against Bangladesh at the "eleventh hour." The match will be held as scheduled at Arun Jaitley Stadium (Feroz Shah Kotla) on November 3 (Sunday) as the Board was contemplating taking all measures with various agencies to put down the pollution level.
"Yes, its a matter of serious concern. The pollution level is very high. But we have taken permission from Delhi Pollution Control Committee and they gave us Sunday as a clear day so we have decided to fix the venue after their consultation. We just have to see how the present level can be brought down. We are in talks with local bodies. But the shifting of the venue was never on. There was no time for it and logistics won't have permitted such a shift. Pollution level is lower than the previous years' post-Diwali but yes, its still very high," BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal told Republic TV in a telephonic conversation.
When asked whether the dates could be changed, the BCCI official said that at this stage it was not advisable keeping all factors in mind. "The fact that the match is only 20 overs each is a matter of relief. We have seen ODI happening in extremely polluted conditions in Delhi in the past, Ranji Trophy matches happening with players wearing a mask. I don't think such a situation will arise on Nov 3 which is also a Sunday," he noted.