A lot has been said about the upcoming first T20I between India and Bangladesh set to be played in Delhi on Sunday. The air pollution in the national capital has increased to ‘severe+’ level which has led to environmentalists requesting the BCCI to shift the match out of Delhi. But the Bangladesh coach Russell Domingo is not complaining though he admitted that conditions are not perfect.
The conditions in Delhi turn worse especially between October and December due to various factors including the festivals celebrated in the country. Ever since Diwali, the city has been compared to gas chamber due to its pollution level. Amidst calls to shift the match, the BCCI President Sourav Ganguly cleared that it will go ahead as scheduled.
When asked about the pollution level in Delhi, Russell Domingo was rather upbeat while speaking about the weather in the city. While he also went on to say there are some issues they are facing but stated that the conditions are same for both the teams and none of Bangladesh players are complaining.
It’s not perfect, not ideal, says Russell Domingo
“The weather has been magnificent. It’s not too hot. There’s no breeze. But not obviously perfect with the smog. But it’s the same for both the teams. It’s not perfect, not ideal. But we are not really complaining about it. We have got to make sure that we prepare as well as possible. We obviously have some scratchy eyes, some sore throats but it’s been okay. Nobody is sick or dying,” Russell Domingo was quoted as saying by India Today.
However, he is also cleared that the team doesn’t want to spend more time in such kind of air. “We don’t want to be in such weather outside in the field for six or seven hours. Three hours a game we are playing and three hours of practice session, he further added.
Russell Domingo also added that no special arrangements are made by his team to tackle with the weather conditions in the city. Liton Das, on Thursday, was seen wearing a mask while training but he later cleared that he wore for it due to his personal problem and the weather had nothing to do with it.
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