Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal on Wednesday admitted that it was tough playing in pollution as his team was not used to it but made a decision to forget about the discomfort after a point and focus on the job at hand.
Condemning the Test, KK Aggarwal, the president of the Indian Medical Association, was quoted by reports as saying: "This match should not have taken place in the first place".
Due to increased breathing, those that do sports in a polluted environment are exposed to air pollution levels three times higher than those resting.
On the hard conditions, Chandimal said, "It was a tough time for us". But veteran fast bowler Lasith Malinga continues to be overlooked. It has accused Sri Lanka of making a "big fuss", pointing to Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who hit a record sixth Test double century despite the smog.
"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", the letter said. This was even after PM2.5 soared to hazardous levels.
"My eyes are burning; my throat is dry".
Doctors and public health campaigners have escalated their fight against sports events in Delhi in recent years.
It also proceeded but schedule was adjusted to avoid Delhi at its worst. Finally when they went to bat out on Wednesday, they delivered.
"We can not expose our athletes to inhuman levels of pollution just because a few hundred crores (tens of millions of dollars) is at stake". It is time the ICC comes up with a policy on pollution.
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