Air too unfit to play


The play was halted almost around 15 to 17 minutes in the post-lunch session after the visitor Sri Lankans, led by their skipper Dinesh Chandimal, wanted to leave the field of play protesting of severe pollution.

It referred to the India-Sri Lanka match, which stalled on Sunday due to air pollution, and said, "Look at people abandoning matches". He said: "It is not normal for players to suffer in that way while playing the game". "You simply keep holding meeting after meeting, and not do anything else".

In Delhi, Delhi Technical University (DTU) in north Delhi and R K Puram in south-west Delhi fell under "severe" air-quality.

The Air Quality Index (AQI), as recorded by the CPCB, also reflected the rise in the levels of these ultrafine air-borne particulates.

On November 28, the NGT had asked the Delhi government along with governments of four neighbouring states including Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan to submit their plan before December 4.

BCCI acting president CK Khanna speculated: "If 20,000 people in the stands did not have problem and the Indian team did not face any issue, I wonder why Sri Lankan team made a big fuss".

Indian skipper Virat Kohli batted for almost seven and half hours to notch his career-best knock of 243 runs before he was forced to declare the innings 536-7 after Sri Lankan players halted Day Two play for 26 minutes, citing uneasiness due to poor air quality caused by smog in the national capital.

India skipper Virat Kohli smashed career best 243 in New Delhi during the first innings of third Test against Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka coach Nic Pothas said his players had to come off the field after they felt like vomiting. This pollution levels are serious in our country. The Lankans stopped the game several time post lunch complaining the poor air quality.

"You want exemptions for two-wheelers but you don't apply your mind that these 60 lakh vehicles cause the maximum pollution", the court said.