Sri Lankan Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera stopped nine cricketers leaving for India on Tuesday to take part in a one-day series because he was unhappy with the team choice, sources said.
Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal on Wednesday admitted that it was tough playing in pollution as his team was not used to it but made a decision to forget about the discomfort after a point and focus on the job at hand.
On the hard conditions, Chandimal said, "It was a tough time for us".
Asked about Sri Lankan players complaints about the pollution, Aggarwal said, "They did the right thing if they were protesting against it".
The Board of Control for Cricket in India, BCCI, declined to comment. However, the BCCI refused to pay attention to the issue and instead accused the Lankans of making a big fuss about the entire matter.
The concentration of such particles Monday hit 448 - compared to a maximum level of 25 considered safe by the World Health Organization over a 24-hour period.
The fast bowlers Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Gamage also walked off the field after they allegedly expressed displeasure in bowling under the conditions of high levels of air pollution.
With pollution levels particularly alarming in the past two years, doctors have raised awareness against sports events in Delhi.
Even limited exposure can cause shortness of breath and make the eyes weep and throat burn. "He's scored more than 6000 runs in domestic cricket". Once he retired hurt just before tea, debutant Roshen Silva, who followed his first innings duck with a fighting unbeaten 74, partnered Niroshan Dickwella and batted out the final session.
Generally, pollution levels rise during the winter across northern India and Pakistan due to crop burning in the region and cool air trapping particulates close to the ground.