Cricket fans express concerns after latest visuals from Arun Jaitley Stadium

Indianexpress

Indianexpress

Author 2019-11-03 17:01:44

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Fans called out the authorities to ‘have some shame and abandon’ the first T20I between India and Bangladesh after visuals from Arun Jaitley Stadium on Sunday showed poor visbility and smog. The environment department has cautioned the residents to avoid any physical exercise in the open air.

Air quality deteriorated further in the national capital region as India prepare to take on Bangladesh, who were seen training in masks ahead of the clash. The pollution levels have risen to ‘severe-plus emergency’ category in the national capital. At 12 pm, the air quality index (AQI) of Delhi was at 625, according to the data by the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR).

Appalled at the lack of visibility, Twitterati expressed concern and asked for the match to be cancelled.

On the eve of the match, Rohit, who is filling the captain’s position in the absence of Virat Kohli, was asked for a comment on state of Delhi pollution but the Mumbai cricketer, known for his witty sense of humour during press conferences, said, “Masala chahiye, lekin dunga nai (you want gossip but I won’t give)”.

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