India vs Bangladesh: focus on cricket now, not pollution, says Mahmudullah

NEW DELHI: The problem of poor air quality was in fact in the discussions of the Bangladesh team, but the visiting patron Mahmudullah Riyad said it's time to change the focus on Cricket since they have no control over weather conditions.

A public health emergency has been declared in the NCR region after the increase in the level of pollution in the region due to incidents of stubble burning in the northern states of Haryana and Punjab.

The outbreak of cookies during Diwali festivities along with construction work also impacted the level of air quality.

Actually, we had a chat about these conditions. It is not within our control. We are focussing much more on the match tomorrow and win this game, said Mahmudullah ahead of the T20 series-opener.

"We have not played here, when we came here, there was smog, we all know. But players have practised the last three days, trying to adapt to the conditions. It's not within our control, we have to focus on our Cricket ."

Mahmudullah, a delightful batsman to watch on his day, said he enjoys captaincy and does not consider it as a burden.

He was asked to lead the side when his employer Shakib Al Hasan A ban was imposed for not informing the ICC of the corrupt approaches that were made during the Bangladesh Premier League.

I think the word (load) you said, I don't think that way. It is a great opportunity for me to lead the team. I've done it several times before in T20 and also try because Shakib got lost some times. We will have to play as a team, as a group we need to take advantage of the opportunities and execute our skills in the game.

Mahmudullah playing alongside Mashrafe Mortaza and Shakib, who led Bangladesh for a long time, was a good learning curve for him.

We have been playing together for a while. They have been great leaders. Shakib has some amazing qualities. He is a great motivator in our team. I just need to step up my game and be a good leader within the group.

The captain said Bangladesh has been playing some really good Cricket , running the bog teams close but it's time that they "cross the line".

Fortunately, we have learned from those mistakes we made in the past and if we face those moments of crisis, then we must focus much more on our skills and execution rather than thinking about the past.

Indian pattern Rohit Sharma too acknowledged that Bangladesh is now a strong Cricket ing unit with some mature players.

All these years we have seen how Bangladesh has acted not only at home but also outside. They have always pressured us. There is no way we can see this team differently, he said.

I understand that there are two key players ( Tamim Iqbal and Shakib) missing but they still have quality in their squad which can upset any team on that particular given day. There are matured Cricket ers in their side," he said.