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Sri Lankan players had to wear masks and play the third Test at Delhi against India IANS

The just concluded third Test between India and Sri Lanka, held at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi, drew much criticism owing to the pollution levels in the Indian capital city. The visitors, along with experts, doctors and fans criticised BCCI‘s decision to host then play in the capital city, despite the alarming level of pollution that put the health at risk of the athletes. It was also said that the ICC should consider taking the pollution in account before finalising the venue for hosting an international tie. Following the much debate and speculations, it now seems that the ICC could seriously take up the issue and put pollution as a part of its playing conditions.

On ICC’s playing conditions

“The ICC has noted the conditions in which Delhi Test was played and has already requested that the issue is considered by the medical committee for guidance should the situation arise in future. The matter is likely to be discussed in February’s ICC Meetings. In ICC’s ‘Playing Conditions’, there is a separate sub-clause for weather. Since this is a first instance in the game’s 140-year history that a Test match has been halted for 26 minutes due to air-pollution. The situation as we all know is very unique in nature,” said an ICC spokesperson, as reported by PTI.

On safe atmospheric level for play

“The safe levels of atmospheric particulate matter, according to World Health Organisation air-quality guidelines, are 20g/cu mm [annual mean] for PM10 and 10g/cu mm [annual mean] for PM2.5.”

Author’s take

No matter what, the pollution level has been alarming in the capital city of late, and it keeps getting worse with each passing year. The ICC should certainly consider it as a part of playing conditions as it puts health at risk. It’s a must for ICC to take the pollution level in account before an international tie.