India vs Bangladesh Delhi T20I: Will Delhi pollution emergency affect IND vs BAN 1st T20I?

Dixit Bhargav
|Published 01/11/2019

India vs Bangladesh Delhi T20I: The first T20I of Bangladesh’s tour of India is facing an environmental challenge.

The first T20I of the forthcoming Bangladesh’s tour of India is gaining limelight not because of any cricketing reason but because of environmental concerns prevailing in Delhi.

The level of pollution has raised to an extent that public health emergency has been declared in the national capital. As a result, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced holidays in schools till November 5.

Earlier, Bollywood actress and United Nations Environment Goodwill Ambassador Diya Mirza took to her Twitter handle to express concerns with the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) going ahead with the first T20I between India and Bangladesh.

India vs Bangladesh Delhi T20I

Addressing the reporters in Kolkata yesterday, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly spoke against cancelling the match. While Ganguly wasn’t in support of “last-minute changes”, he was vocal about improving scheduling in the times to come.

“We’ve spoken to Delhi authorities in the last two days. They are expecting the match to go through. It was already scheduled so we couldn’t cancel it at the last minute. We came in on the 28th and it was too late to do anything. Because a lot of preparations go in matches – tickets, crowds, everything. So it’s not possible to cancel matches in the last minute.

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“I hope it goes through. But post-Diwali is a bit of a difficult time in the north because the winter comes in and [there is] a lot of smoke and dust and everything. So, in the future when we schedule, especially the northern part of India in the winter, we’ll have to be a little bit more practical. But fingers crossed,” Ganguly said.

Bangladeshi players practice with masks

It is worth mentioning that photos of Bangladeshi cricketers practicing with masks at the Arun Jaitley Stadium are doing the rounds across social media platforms. Speaking to the media at the stadium, Bangladesh coach Russell Domingo wasn’t worried about the prevailing conditions.

“We know the Sri Lankans struggled last time [in 2017] and look there’s a bit of pollution in Bangladesh as well, so it’s a not a massive shock unlike some other countries. The players have just got on with the game and haven’t complained too much about it,” Domingo was quoted as saying.

With the match looking set to be played on November 3 despite the hazardous air quality in Delhi, better scheduling in the future can help avoid similar situations.

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Dixit Bhargav

Dixit Bhargav

Born and brought up in Pathankot, Dixit Bhargav is an engineering and sports management graduate who is currently into his fifth year as a Cricket Editor at The SportsRush. His first cricketing memory dates back to 2002 when former India captain Sourav Ganguly had waved his jersey at the historic Lord’s balcony. What followed for an 8-year-old was an instant adulation for both Ganguly and the sport. The optimist in him is waiting for the day when Punjab Kings will win their maiden Indian Premier League title. When not watching cricket, he is mostly found in a cinema hall watching a Punjabi movie.

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