Pollution to play spoilsport in Delhi? CM Kejriwal hopeful of India hosting Bangladesh in Arun Jaitley Stadium
With the national capital making an avocation of waking up to dust and smog every morning, Delhi Chief Minister Arvin Kejriwal remains hopeful that the hazardous conditions will not affect BCCI's (Board of Control for Cricket in India) schedule which insists Team India to square off against Bangladesh in a T20I game at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday. Asian giant-killers in the 2019 World Cup, Bangladesh are set to kickstart their month-long tour in India with Delhi being the first stop for the away side.
Ever since it was made official that the Delhi will host the first T20I between the two Asian teams in November, many feared that the alarming air pollution of Delhi will take its toll during the post-harvest stubble burning phase. In the aftermath of the festival Diwali, the overall air quality of the national capital has been rated in the severe category. As the national capital gasps for fresh air, Delhi CM has stepped on the scene by emphasising on the plethora of steps the Delhi government has taken under his reign.
#TheBigStory | What could have worked on ground to prevent the pollution? Several measures were announced by the Delhi govt. What is it that the Central govt should have done as well? @saharzaman asks BJP's Naveen Kumar pic.twitter.com/Qagll6Fj08— Mirror Now (@MirrorNow) October 28, 2019
Pollution to play spoilsport in Delhi?
The return of the smog has also paved the way for the odd-even scheme to be reinstated which can improve the air quality of the national capital which is covered in a blanket of smog. The Delhi CM opined that the match between India and Bangladesh should be played in the national capital on Sunday. Kejriwal hopes that the prevailing air pollution in Delhi doesn't roadblock the cricketing action in the capital.
"I hope that pollution will not come in the way of cricket. To reduce pollution, we are also implementing the odd-even scheme from November 4," Kejriwal told reporters at the Delhi Secretariat, reports news agency PTI. "I have seen that in this season, matches have been played earlier as well. Match should be played in Delhi," the Delhi CM added.
Delhi has done it once again...Significant reduction of 30 % in Pollution Levels on next day of Diwali as that of 2018. Sustained efforts of Delhi Govt @ArvindKejriwal since 2015 has yielded these results. Would not have been possible without active participation of everybody. pic.twitter.com/ugAmowtjt8— Kailash Gahlot (@kgahlot) October 28, 2019
The venue, previously known as the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium grabbed headlines for all the wrong reasons when Sri Lanka toured India and played a Test match in the national capital two years ago. The playing eleven of the then Sri Lankan cricket team had to wear protective masks and there were even reports of players falling sick at the time.