India will play a three-match series T20I against Bangladesh at home, and the first T20I of the series will be played in Delhi where Delhi’s toxic post-Diwali air pollution has become a cause of concern ahead of the first T20I. In 2017, Sri Lankan cricket team was left gasping for breath during a Test match at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium, Delhi. BCCI uses a rotation policy to play an international game for every city.
As per AQI standards, 0-50 is considered good’, 51-100 is satisfactory, 101-200 is moderate, 201-300 is poor while 301-400 is very poor. Anything above 400 is considered to be severe, which can cause serious health issues. According to the available information, on Thursday, at 8:30 am, the AQI in the vicinity of Delhi University was 357, which is considered to be very poor.
Both BCCI and DDCA officials are hoping that the prevailing air pollution could not effect the match because the match will be played a week after Diwali.
“Look, we have factored in the post-Diwali air pollution in Delhi, but since the match is a week away, we are hopeful that the players won’t face any health hazards,” a senior BCCI official told PTI.
“The travel itinerary has been chalked in such a manner that Bangladesh will directly arrive in Delhi and exit the country from Kolkata. We wanted to make the travelling convenient that it starts from North, goes to West (Nagpur, Rajkot, Indore) and finishes in the east (Kolkata),” the official said.
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“We have told Punjab and Haryana to completely stop stubble burning at least for the next few critical days. Next three weeks, especially days between October 26 to November 4, are critical and we are taking care,” Environment secretary C K Mishra said.
“Former ASG Maninder Singh is the government nominee, and he attended the Executive committee (Apex Council) meeting on Thursday. During the meeting, secretary Vinod Tihara, who suspension was revoked by the court again got suspended,” a senior DDCA official informed.
“This time he has been suspended as he used the DDCA letterhead to write to the BCCI’s electoral officer that he would attend the Board’s General Body meeting on October 23. While Tihara’s plea was rejected, the matter has been treated as violation of DDCA rules, and hence he has again been suspended,” he further said.