Cricketers vomiting after fielding in Delhi smog - Pothas

Henrietta Strickland
December 7, 2017

"Pollution is an aspect that we seriously need to think about". In a 16-member finalised by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), dynamic batsmen Kusal Janith Perera and Asela Gunaratne return to the national team.

"It was a tough time, the thing is, we aren't used to the pollution".

Sri Lanka have announced their squad for the upcoming 3-match ODI series against India. "Nobody knew the situation would be like what it was before the game started", said Shukla.

The Test debacle in Delhi is not the first time cricketers have complained of air pollution in the capital, with Australia citing smoggy air following their loss to India in 1996.

"There aren't too many rules regarding pollution. They will have meetings tonight to put in some sort of a precedent if it happens like this tomorrow".

Indian sports commentator Ayaz Memon said the dramatic scenes sent an "unedifying message about Delhi's pollution" and urged authorities to combat the scourge.

According to the BBC, India's Cricket Board says it will take smog into consideration when scheduling matches in Delhi in the future.

"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?" said CK Khanna, acting BCCI president.

Pollution levels generally rise during the winter in Delhi and across northern India fuelled by crop burning in the region and the fact that cooler air traps particulates close to the ground. "It takes a serious toll on your health in the long run".

Last month, days after schools were closed amid a public health emergency, around 35,000 runners participated in the city's half marathon. Doctors warn that competitive exercise during severe pollution can trigger asthma attacks, worsen lung conditions and increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

With pollution levels particularly alarming in the past two years, doctors have raised awareness against sports events in Delhi.

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