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COULD 'SMOG STOPPED PLAY' BECOME A PART OF CRICKET?

Indian Medical Association writes to BCCI urging air pollution levels to be considered in the same way as bad light

The Indian Medical Association has called for atmospheric pollution to be given the same consideration as bad light and rain by umpires after the startling scenes in Delhi recently.

Sri Lanka's players wore facemasks in the field and several were seen vomiting as smog descended on the Feroz Shah Kotla during the third Test with India.

The game was briefly stopped on Sunday as officials consulted with Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal and members of the coaching staff over whether or not the match could continue given the conditions but the players were not taken from the field.

And now the IMA have written to Indian cricketing authorities to voice their concern about the situation.

Indian children play cricket in the smog in Delhi

 

According to reports, in a letter to to BCCI acting president C K Khanna and head of committee of administrators Vinod Rai, IMA president Dr K K Agarwal suggested that in allowing the players to keep playing, a message was being sent to children that it is safe to play cricket when air quality is considered very poor by World Health Organisation standards.

The letter goes on to suggest that umpires are allowed to take the pollution levels into account when it comes to bringing a premature or temporary halt to proceedings, as they do with bad light and inclement weather.

"Rain and poor light are taken into consideration when determining suitable playing conditions, we suggest that atmospheric pollution should now also be included in the assessing criteria for a match," it read.

The Sri Lanka Cricket board has reportedly filed a formal complaint to the International Cricket Council following events in Delhi.

Sports minister Dayasiri Jayasekara said "we can't play like this as four players had vomited" due to the pollution.

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