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Sri Lanka airs complaint over atrocious Delhi conditions

Sri Lanka airs complaint over atrocious Delhi conditions

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal on Wednesday admitted that it was tough playing in pollution as his team was not used to it but chose to forget about the discomfort after a point and focus on the job at hand. "Medically there was no reason to continue the match; it must have been taken off (sic)".

"Air pollution also reduces performance of the athletes".

"It was a tough time for us as a team as we are not used to this kind of conditions".

"Greatly troubled about the recent cricket match between India and Sri Lanka in Delhi played under conditions of high levels of air pollution", it added.

"You have fast bowlers, batsmen and fielders out there exposed to these very harmful pollutants over five days at a stretch". However, the BCCI refused to pay attention to the issue and instead accused the Lankans of making a big fuss about the entire matter.

According to the BBC, India's Cricket Board says it will take smog into consideration when scheduling matches in Delhi in the future. This was even after PM2.5 soared to hazardous levels.

Sri Lanka is going through a hard transition phase and the current administration has been blamed for the team's poor run in worldwide cricket.

Doctors warned of dire health consequences and challenged the race in court but it went ahead, with runners complaining of burning eyes and sore throats. They face India, led by Rohit Sharma, in the first match on Sunday in Dharamsala.

"Ideally, sporting events should not be scheduled in the winter months in Delhi", chest and lung cancer specialist Doctor Arvind Kumar told AFP. It is time the ICC comes up with a policy on pollution. "The match can not be cancelled though pollution is everybody's concern".

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