View of Feroz Shah Kotla on Saturday. Photo Courtesy: Parthiv Patel's Twitter handle
View of Feroz Shah Kotla on Saturday. Photo Courtesy: Parthiv Patel’s Twitter handle

The fifth round Ranji Trophy 2016-17 matches supposed to be held in Delhi were called off on Day One and have not begun on Day Two as well. There has been absolutely no action in the matches between Bengal and Gujarat at the Feroz Shah Kotla and also between Hyderabad and Tripura at Karnail Singh Stadium due to alarming rise in pollution levels throughout the state. Due to the increase in pollution levels, the vision has been reduced considerably and it is believed that the players, like many in the city have been complaining of breathing problems. There was hope that play will begin on Day Two, but it has not thus far. LIVE Cricket Score Ranji Trophy 2016-17, Day 2, Round 5

The players also complained of breathing problems. If you stay out there for an hour, the air that you inhale will cause irreparable damage to the lungs, one of the DDCA officials told PTI. Bengal Coach Sairaj Bahutule also went on to say that his players are struggling to even keep their eyes open. The players were complaining that they were having burning sensation in their eyes. It s bad out there, he said. The play was called off at 4 PM on Day One after the on-field umpires Virender Sharma and Krishnamachari Bharathan after consultation with match referee P Bharathan, decided that it was in the players best interests that the day s action be called off, despite of the fact the captains Manoj Tiwary and Parthiv Patel were ready for the toss.

 

Players like Pragyan Ojha and others were seen walking around with masks on their faces.