Practice With Mask Worst Advt For Delhi, DDCA & BCCI: Gautam Gambhir
Slamming Delhi Govt, DDCA & BCCI for holding first T20 in Delhi on Sunday despite alarming pollution level, former India opener Gautam Gambhir on Thursday said the sight of Bangladeshi players practising with mask was a worst possible advertisement for cricket in the national capital.
"How can you play a match like this?" questions Gambhir
"Its really sad that despite knowing it beforehand, DDCA & Delhi government had done very little to improve the condition of play. There should not be any international match in Delhi during this period. How can you play a match like this? There should be alternate venues. Two years back also Sri Lankan players played a Test match wearing mask against India in Delhi in November. Again now we see Bangladeshi players wearing mask while practising. This is really worst possible advertisement for cricket in Delhi if not the country," Gautam Gambhir said in an exclusive interview with Republic TV.
The first T20I between India and Bangladesh is scheduled to be played at Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on November 3 despite the alarming air pollution level. Gambhir said Delhites should be more concerned about pollution levels rather than hosting a cricket match. "It is a far serious issue than having a game of cricket or any other sports matches in Delhi. For us, I think people living in Delhi should be more concerned about the pollution levels rather than the cricket match that happens."
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) should plan when it comes to deciding match venue, Gambhir said, "You want to play in an environment which is suitable for everyone and players as well. If the pollution levels are really high then obviously you can think of having an alternate venue but for me, as I just maintained and what I have just said."
Credit to Delhites
Gautam Gambhir also credited Delhites for pollution levels much better than the past six years on Diwali."It's been better for the last six years and probably this is the least level of pollution we have after Diwali. I think credit needs to go to the people of Delhi but still, a lot of efforts need to be made." Gambhir said. "Obviously the Delhi government is claiming that they have done a lot of work but ultimately its people of Delhi who had that awareness not to burn crackers but a lot of efforts have to be done rather than all this gimmick of advertisement and taking credit of what people of Delhi have done," he added.