Environmentalists Ask Sourav Ganguly To Move Test With Bangladesh Out Of Delhi

Ahead of India-Bangladesh T20, Environmentalists wrote to BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, requesting him to consider moving the match out of Delhi. The reason? Rapidly deteriorating air quality that could prove a risk for many, cricketers and watchers alike.

“In the light of extreme pollution in Delhi, we would like to request you to consider shifting the venue for the first T20 outside of Delhi. Making our cricketers play a physically demanding sport for 3-4 hours in Delhi’s toxic air will end up doing more damage to our cricket team’s health in the long run,” Jyoti Pande of Care For Air and Ravina Raj Kohli of My Right To Breathe said in the letter.

Adding, “Thousands of innocent spectators at the venue will also be putting themselves at risk in order to watch the match in the prevailing situation,”

“This puts our sportspersons at even greater risk when they play outdoors. Any match played outdoors harms the health and very lives of the players and it is irresponsible to schedule such sporting activities during times of such toxic air quality,” said the two.

Back in December 2017, the Sri Lankan cricket team suffered, gasping for breath, during a Test match at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground in Delhi.

However, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had anticipated that pollution will not affect the match, asserting that his government has been taking steps such as the odd-even scheme to improve the air quality in the city.

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