Cricket in a haze? Not a brand new phenomenon presently of the yr in Delhi however the significance of the occasion actually positioned the organisers in a determined scenario concerning the staging of the Bangladesh-Sri Lanka match of the continued ICC ODI World Cup.
The match is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. on the Arun Jaitley Stadium right here on Monday.
The Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) on Sunday applied Stage IV of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) within the National Capital Region (NCR). This was along with Stage I, II and III to cease extra deterioration of air high quality within the area.
The CAQM mentioned in an announcement, “Keeping in view the prevailing trend of air quality, and in an effort to prevent further deterioration of air quality in the region, the Sub-Committee today has taken the call to invoke all actions as envisaged under Stage IV of GRAP ‘Severe Air Quality (Delhi’s Air Quality Index [AQI] 450), today with immediate effect in the entire NCR.”
The extreme air air pollution in Delhi, attributable to the stubble burning in close by states and the large building actions, solid a doubt if the match might need to be shifted.
But the logistics points didn’t encourage the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to entertain such an alternate measure.
According to a Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) official, the air pollution degree contained in the stadium was not as overbearing as projected. The AQI was reportedly under the damaging mark.
“It was around 120. This is something beyond the organisers but we did approach the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to help us. The MCD responded swiftly and took some steps, like spraying water in areas around the stadium. We hope the situation would improve on the day of the match,” mentioned the official, not prepared to be named.
According to an ICC Spokesperson, “The BCCI engaged the services of renowned pulmonologist Dr Randeep Guleria to assess the situation in Delhi ahead of Monday’s game and provide independent expert advice.
“Under Dr Guleria’s guidance, the venue team has been taking mitigating actions throughout the day including the implementation of water sprinklers around the premises and the installation of air purifiers in the dressing rooms and match officials’ areas. The AQI within the stadium was monitored throughout the day and has been reduced to levels considered acceptable by Dr Guleria.”
“The ICC will continue to work in collaboration with Dr Guleria, BCCI, DDCA, and the Delhi Government to monitor the air quality and to take all possible steps to mitigate the air quality concerns at the Arun Jaitley Stadium and the match remains scheduled to take place in Delhi on Monday”ICC spokesperson on altering the schedule
The official burdened, “Bangladesh conducted a training session at the stadium earlier this evening without incident.”
Bangladesh and Sri Lanka had cancelled their coaching periods on Saturday due to the poor air high quality.
It is learnt that the BCCI had put Lucknow on stand-by in case the match needed to be shifted. But a veteran BCCI official confirmed it might have been a herculean job at such a brief discover.
“It would have been a tough job because there are logistics issues related to the broadcaster. Of course the host would have had to look at the accommodation and travel. Sale of tickets at the new venue. Not easy,” mentioned the official.
In the North, cricket in winter had all the time introduced challenges from the climate – extreme chilly, fog and poor visibility. A Test match between India and Sri Lanka in 2017 noticed 5 of the visiting gamers taking the sector sporting masks to thwart the smog.
The native authorities has put restrictions on the motion of heavy vehicular visitors, building actions, shutting instructional establishments and advising residents to keep away from pointless outside actions.
“The ICC will continue to work in collaboration with Dr Guleria, BCCI, DDCA, and the Delhi Government to monitor the air quality and to take all possible steps to mitigate the air quality concerns at the Arun Jaitley Stadium and the match remains scheduled to take place in Delhi on Monday,” the ICC spokesperson assured.