India-Bangladesh T20I To Go As Per Schedule Despite Pollution Issues
Bangladesh will play India in the first T20I in Delhi on November 3 (Sunday). Meanwhile, there were dark clouds over the fate of the match due to poor air quality. However, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has confirmed that the match will go as per schedule.
The pollution level in Delhi is quite high and it has increased manifold after Diwali. Previously, we have witnessed Sri Lankan players wearing masks during a Test match at the Arun Jaitley Stadium (earlier known as Feroz Shah Kotla) in Delhi.
The decreasing air quality raised doubts over the future of the 1st T20I. But BCCI has confirmed that they have seeked permission from Delhi Pollution Control Committee before finalising on the schedule.Arun Jaitley Stadium
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“We had taken permission from Delhi Pollution Control Committee and they gave November 3 as clear day so we decided to fix the Delhi venue after their consultation,” BCCI sources said.
An AQI between 0 and 50 is considered ‘good’, 51 and 100 ‘satisfactory’, 101 and 200 ‘moderate’, 201 and 300 ‘poor’, 301 and 400 ‘very poor’, and 401 and 500 ‘severe’. The most polluted locations post-Diwali are Delhi University (North Campus), Pusa, Rohini-Punjabi Bagh, Wazirpur, Jahangirpuri, DTU and Bawana.
Poor air quality has been a concern in Delhi.
However, the BCCI source said that he doesn’t see any changes coming to the India-Bangladesh game on November 3.India. Credits: BCCI Twitter
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“As of now everything is fixed and I don’t see any change in plan,” he added.
Bangladesh will play three T20Is against India followed by two Test matches. The five-day matches will be a part of the ICC World Test Championship. BCCI is keen to host their first-ever day-night Test match at the Eden Gardens and is awaiting approval from Bangladesh Cricket Board.