Earlier, we have reported that Delhi’s toxic post-Diwali air pollution may affect the first T20I between India versus Bangladesh. India and Bangladesh will play a three-match T20I series, the first T20i of the series will be played in Delhi, but Delhi’s toxic post-Diwali air pollution becomes a major concern. But Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal gives an update on this and says that we are hoping that pollution will not come in the way of cricket and match should be played in Delhi.
“I hope that pollution will not come in the way of cricket. To reduce pollution, we are also implementing the odd-even scheme from November 4,” Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal told reporters at the Delhi Secretariat.
“I have seen that in this season, matches have been played earlier as well. The match should be played in Delhi,” he added.
“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 last week. The official, however, acknowledged there are practical concerns.
According to the Ministry of Earth Sciences’ air quality monitor, SAFAR, levels of PM2.5 tiny particulate matter of diameter 2.5 or less than 2.5 microns that can enter deep into the lungs reached as high as 735 at Delhi University on Monday.
India and Bangladesh have played eight T20I matches before, and India have won all the T20i match. Rohit Sharma is the highest scorer in this T20I matches. Virat Kohli will not Part of this T20I series so that Rohit Sharma will lead the team.
After this series, both the team will also play a two-match test series where Virat Kohli back in the team and lead the side.