Sri Lankan players wearing marks on Day Two of the final Test at Delhi    AFP
Sri Lankan players wearing marks on Day Two of the final Test at Feroz Shah Kotla AFP

For the first time in international cricket, players were seen wearing masks to protect themselves from smog. During the second day of the final Test between India and Sri Lanka at Feroz Shah Kotla, Sri Lankan players fielded with a mask due to the infamous Delhi smog. India’s capital anyway has been in the news due to “poor air quality”. Last year, two Ranji Trophy matches (Tripura vs Hyderabad and Baroda vs Gujarat) were abandoned for the same. Looks like the ongoing series decider may also witness the same fate. Match referee David Boon is to study the prevailing conditions further before taking a decision.

Boon was present in the Sri Lanka’s dressing room after stumps on Day Two.

‘Lakmal started vomitting’

Four Sri Lankan players vomited and several others needed an oxygen supply after they complained of being short of breath. In addition, some were administered injections.

“The bowlers obviously were struggling. The match referee was in our change room when Suranga Lakmal started vomiting. Doctors were in there as well. We had oxygen cylinders and it was tough. It is an abnormal case. Match referee and umpires will file a report and we will leave it with the ICC”, Sri Lanka’ interim coach Nic Pothas told.

It depends on…

The match referee has indicated that if both captains agree or doctors feel that it is unsafe to continue, the Test could be called off. The officials will observe how Indian players cope up before the final call is taken. Ravichandran Ashwin, Murali Vijay and Ishant Sharma were struggling at the fag end of the day while fielding.