Ahead of the first T20I against Bangladesh, Indian batting coach Vikram Rathour had raised his concern over the air quality in the national capital region. And now, Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who is not part of the T20I squad in the upcoming series, labelled the whole situation as “scary” and difficult for playing a cricket match.
Many Bangladesh players were spotted wearing pollution masks during the practice session on Thursday and Friday and it gave a glimpse of India vs Sri Lanka Test in Delhi two years ago that witnessed a similar situation. It had also hit the spotlight at that time due to the same reason.
Ravichandran Ashwin feels the air quality is scary
The air quality in many parts of India’s capital has dropped down to the ’emergency’ category and this whole scenario has forced the governing body to shut down the schools till November 5. The air quality index went as low as 582. As of now, the situation related to air pollution is showing no signs of easing out.
Indian spinner Ravi Ashwin took to his Twitter handle, and wrote, “The quality of air in Delhi is really scary, the oxygen we breathe is the basic requisite for mankind on this planet. This indeed is emergency,”
Here is the tweet
The quality of air in Delhi is really scary, the oxygen we breathe is the basic requisite for mankind on this planet. This indeed is emergency. #AirQualityIndex #pollution
— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) November 2, 2019
Earlier, Bangladesh coach Russell Domingo had also admitted the fact that the conditions are not ideal. He also added that there are some scratchy eyes, and sore throats in the team but they are not complaining.
“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.”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. But we are not really complaining about it,” Bangladesh coach told reporters in the press conference.
The first T20I of three-match series is scheduled to be played on 3rd November at Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi. Irrespective of the environmental conditions, the set of players from both the teams will be keen to have focus on the cricket banter.
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