Three Bangladeshi Players Practice Wearing Masks To Combat Delhi's Toxic Air. Do We Really Want To Host A Match Here?

Indiatimes

Indiatimes

Author 2019-11-01 13:44:29

Even as environmentalists call for the T20I match between India and Bangladesh not to be played in Delhi due to the poor air quality, the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly gave an official statement that the match would go ahead as planned.

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Well now the Bangladesh players were spotted practicing out in the middle and 3 of them were seen wearing masks. Clearly a sign that all is not well. The game is due to be held on November 3 and if the players are already uncomfortable, well it looks like a sign of things to come.

The last time a match was played in similar conditions, the Sri Lankan players had to wear masks and play was also interrupted. That was back in 2017. Since Diwali, the pollution levels have risen fast with many places in Delhi having an AQI over 900. The AQI overall in Delhi is 463 while the area around the stadium is 459. Needless to say, the players will be playing in a gas chamber and people were not too pleased when they saw the cricketers wearing masks. Here's what they had to say:

So the question that we ask ourselves are should Delhi be hosting a match or any sporting event at all? Is it worth the risk? Is the city ready for it? What if there's another incident like what happened with Sri Lanka? Instead of learning from our mistakes we seem well on course to repeat them.

Be that as it may, the match is going ahead. So let's keep our fingers crossed and hope that there is no interruption and it is a smooth finish. The last thing we want is a game to be abandoned due to poor air quality.

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