India vs Bangladesh, 1st T20I: Why is it always for international cricket?
NEW DELHI: It's noon in Ferozeshah Kotla and the Delhi sun is struggling to shine. An opaque and poisonous haze looms grimly and firmly on the ground. Smog is a smokescreen among traveling cricketers from Bangladesh, some of them training in the middle with pollution masks and a handful of media and broadcasting personnel on the periphery.
Everyone tries to see beyond their watery and watery eyes. After all, it's easy to ignore occasional cough and saliva when talking, watching or playing cricket. India and Bangladesh play an international T20 game here on Sunday and it's time to continue playing.
On Friday, Delhi's air quality dropped to more severe, called emergency levels. The schools were closed. A public health emergency was declared. It's official: the city air has become a toxic cocktail and the general advice is to avoid undue and prolonged exposure and minimize unnecessary travel, forget about playing an international cricket game.
Meanwhile, Indian cricketers had a full training session and networks without masks. As if it were a signal, the coach of Bangladesh Russell Sunday He stated grandly: The weather has been magnificent. Surely we have some scratchy eyes, maybe little sore throats from time to time, but ... nobody is sick or dying or anything like that.
Minutes later, the Indian batting coach Vikram Rathour It was a little less callous and a little more stoic. I think you ask the wrong person. The game has been programmed and we are here to play. No special measures are taken (to safeguard the health of the players). We are used to these conditions.
This is a war zone conversation, not much different from what Rohit Sharma He said the day before: When we played against Sri Lanka in a test match two years ago, (the pollution) did not affect us.
However, two years ago, it affected the players, but the December 2017 lessons are now completely forgotten. That time, no one was dying or anything like that, but surely they were sick since India and Sri Lanka, the majority of visiting players with masks, completed five days of a Test at dangerous levels of AQI.
On the second day of that Test, some of Sri Lanka's fast bowlers vomited and needed oxygen. Instead of empathy (Sri Lankan AQI levels are very healthy), all of India reacted with disbelief. A 17-minute strike at one stage caused the coach Ravi Shastri go to the field Bowling trainer Bharat Arun He said the game was stopping unnecessarily. The crowd of Kotla booed the Lankans, shouting loser, loser. It was only when the Indian rhythm bowler himself Mohammed Shami He vomited in the field the next day in the middle of a spell that everyone calmed down. I take Shikhar Dhawan to point out that maybe the Lankans didn't pretend after all.
Two years later, the reaction of the Indian cricket to environmental pollution continues to border on frivolity. New president of BCCI Sourav Ganguly He made all the right noises by saying that programming should be more practical and that there was no time to reprogram the game. Sunday, at least, was honest when he said: We know that Sri Lanka had problems last time. Obviously, you don't want to be there for 6-7 hours. A three hour session is as long as I probably want to be at this time.
The question is, why be in that? Experts and doctors advise the people of Delhi not to even jog outdoors, and emergency measures are being taken throughout the area. So why is the world's richest cricket board subjecting its international cricketers to a T20 game in these conditions? December 2017 should have been the wake-up call. What else will be needed for a long-range step?