Scheduling of matches in Delhi will be considered: BCCI

Dec 05, 2017, 11:38 IST | PTI

The BCCI today said scheduling of matches in pollution-mired Delhi will be "considered" in future after Sri Lanka's cricket team complained of poor air quality during the ongoing third Test against India here

The BCCI today said scheduling of matches in pollution-mired Delhi will be "considered" in future after Sri Lanka's cricket team complained of poor air quality during the ongoing third Test against India here. Play was stopped on three occasions yesterday and the Sri Lankan team, struggling to match up to the Virat Kohli-led Indians for most of the series, wore anti-pollution masks, complaining of breathing problems at the Feroz Shah Kotla. The Indian players, however, made light of the situation, saying they were used to the conditions.

Indian batsman Shikhar Dhawan (R) plays a shot as Sri Lanka wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella (L) looks on during the fourth day of third Test cricket match between India and Sri Lankr at the Feroz Shah Kotla Cricket Stadium in New Delhi on December 5, 2017. Pic/ AFP
Indian batsman Shikhar Dhawan (R) plays a shot as Sri Lanka wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella (L) looks on during the fourth day of third Test cricket match between India and Sri Lankr at the Feroz Shah Kotla Cricket Stadium in New Delhi on December 5, 2017. Pic/ AFP

"Scheduling of matches in Delhi during this time of the year will be considered," BCCI Acting Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary told reporters at the end of the third day's play here when questions were raised about Delhi's viability as a venue given the rising pollution levels. However, Chaudhary said Sri Lanka Cricket had not raised any such concerns when the itinerary was decided. "If Sri Lanka Cricket had concerns regarding scheduling, they didn't express them to us," he added. There was high drama at the stadium yesterday when Sri Lankan players' refusal to take the field forced an animated Kohli to declare at 536 for 7. The Indian team decided against wearing anti-pollution masks when it took the field. Sri Lankan interim coach Nic Pothas had later claimed that match referee David Boon had seen Suranga Lakmal and Dhananjaya De Silva vomiting when he paid a visit to the team's dressing room. Delhi's air quality, meanwhile, continued to remain in the "very poor" category today.

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