West Indies Players Don Mask In Lucknow While Fielding But Not For Pollution
Just days after a number of Bangladesh players donned masks while training in Delhi before the first T20I against India, a similar sight was witnessed in Lucknow on Saturday. West Indies and Afghanistan were taking on each other in the second ODI in the city. Last week, a number of Bangladesh players had to wear mask to counter the pollution level in Delhi.
There were also doubts over the game but fortunately everything went fine. Following game, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly even took to Twitter to thank both the teams for playing in the tough conditions. Later reports suggested that Bangladesh player Soumya Sarkar as well as another of his teammate had vomited during the match.Bangladesh team members wearing mask in Delhi
Just like the Bangladesh team-members, a number of West Indies players also donned masks while fielding in Lucknow. But unlike the Bangladesh team-members, the West Indies star did not wear those mask because of pollution. According to Indian Express, the players were forced to wear the additional gear due to the number of moths that had been attracted by the flashlights around the playing area.
“I’ve never played with so many flies around. Health is very important, so something’s got to be done about that,” said West Indies captain Kieron Pollard at the presentation ceremony.
West Indies seal series:
West Indies, meanwhile, beat Afghanistan by 47 runs in the second ODI to seal the three-match series with a match remaining. With the win, the Caribbean outfit also ended their long wait for winning an ODI series. They had last won a series way back in 2014. Asked to bat first, the Pollard-led side scored 247 for 9 in the allotted 50 overs.West Indies won the second ODI by 17 runs (Credits: Twitter)
Openers Shai Hope and Evin Lewis laid the foundation by adding 98 runs for the first wicket. The visitors lost wickets at regular intervals from thereon but managed to post a good total thanks to Nicholas Pooran’s 50-ball 67. Afghanistan, in reply, were all out for just 200.