Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Ashamed at seeing Lankan cricketers in pollution masks: Mamata Banerjee

Nick Lee Nick Lee sported Sri Lankan jersey to take the field
Rita Gibson | 04 December, 2017, 15:52

Coming back from lunch, several Sri Lankan cricketers including captain Dinesh Chandimal, Suranga Lakmal and Lakash Sadakanan were seen spotting wearing face masks on the field. Sri Lanka coach Nic Pothas said his players had to come off the field after they felt like vomiting.

"Virat batted close to two days and he didn't need a mask", he said.

It might even force the game's administrators to look into the need for fresh rules regarding "safe" levels of air pollution for play to continue.

Millions began choking on foul air in the first week of November, forcing closure of schools, ban on entry of trucks and construction activities in Delhi.

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Tharoor, also a Lok Sabha member, cited the instance of the choking smog disrupting the third Test between Sri Lanka and India, saying it showed the severity of the pollution situation in the city. Eventually, skipper Virat Kohli declared the innings at 536 for seven, signaling to the Sri Lankans that the conditions were good enough for India to bowl, much to the delight of a large Kotla crowd, that had been growing increasingly impatient due to the regular intermissions in play. Fast bowling is an intense job, you could see the two pacers (Lahiru Gamage and Suranga Lakmal) were struggling. He said "please get on with the game, you don't need to stop". Under most circumstances we wanted to play cricket. It is not normal for players to suffer in this way.

"Besides, I, in my capacity as an MP, had called a round table on the subject of pollution earlier this year and after deliberations, had sent a letter to the environment minister to take concrete action or allocate budget for taking steps for addressing the issue", he said and alleged that "the government has not taken any action on it". And if there was a problem from the second day then why not from very first ball.

There were more stoppages in play and plenty of confusion as the Sri Lankan players kept talking animatedly to the umpires between overs.

India, who wanted to get on with the game, had their own messenger in head coach Ravi Shastri march on to the field to speak to the umpires.

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