Kotla Test pollution woes: BCCI’s poor scheduling puts players’ health at risk
Pollution levels in Delhi hit alarming levels in November for the second year in a row and threatened to disrupt all outdoor activities, leave alone sports. Yet, the Indian cricket board scheduled the Test against Sri Lanka in the Capital for early December. Surprisingly, the schedule was made only in October. (Kotla Test, Day 2 highlights)
On Sunday, top BCCI officials were left red-faced after the second day’s play was halted briefly during the post-lunch session as many Sri Lankan players felt the effects of the haze and smoke that blocked the sun altogether for a while. (Kotla Test, Day 2 scorecard)
At one point, it appeared the Sri Lanka camp was reluctant to continue playing, before India skipper Virat Kohli’s declaration salvaged the situation and allowed the Test to continue. The series that has been sharply criticised by Kohli for burdening the players could easily have been tweaked to allot the final Test to another venue.
SOURCE – NDTV.COM
Masks of shame at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi
There is almost nothing Virat Kohli cannot do at the moment. On a day when he scored his sixth Test double-century, braving a back grown stiff from batting long enough to score three centuries on the bounce and the Delhi pollution, Kohli put India in a position of complete strength at the Feroz Shah Kotla. With two pollution stoppages in play, unprecedented at the international level, bringing the game to a virtual halt, and all manner of officials trooping on and off the field, a stalemate seem ..
SOURCE – ET