The air is not healthy, but in Kotla everything remains the same.
NEW DELHI: There is a health emergency in Delhi, but don't tell cricketers or fans! India and Bangladesh played a full international T20 game, in a full house, at the Ferozeshah Kotla on Sunday night as the Air Quality Index (AQI), which had reached alarming levels in the morning, fell considerably later.
AQI levels at the nearby National Stadium were from 245 to 6.00 pm, one hour before the start. This was still at very unhealthy levels where outdoor sports activity is not recommended. At 8 p.m., minutes before Shivam Dube was fired, the AQI had risen to 279. However, it dropped considerably from a maximum of 864 earlier in the day when Delhiites woke up to find himself trapped in conditions similar to those of a gas chamber in despite a light shower early in the morning.
A thick white fog enveloped the city and AQI levels climbed the roof. He reached 999 in several places. Many journalists from Bangladesh arrived late to the game, as their flights had been diverted; A total of 37 of those flights were diverted from Delhi airport due to low visibility.
TOI has learned that above Bangladesh Cricket Board BCB officials, who were present on Sunday night in Kotla to watch the game, called BCCI officials to ask about the situation. No need to panic, the game is underway. Hopefully the weather improves, the BCCI told them.
It's great that the heavens have opened. It seemed difficult in the morning, said Delhi and the president of the District Cricket Association. Rajat Sharma said.
A BCB official said: We all hoped that the weather conditions would improve a bit. Actually, there is nothing to do except continue with the game.
Desperate attempts to make the dust settle in Ferozeshah Kotla and its surroundings began in the middle of the morning, spraying trees with water and deploying additional sanitation workers to sweep the streets around the stadium. However, the pollution did not deter ordinary fans, thousands of whom almost overwhelmed security at two doors in particular in their attempts to obtain tickets.
However, it seems that the pollution affected the sale of corporate cash tickets, many of which remained unsold.
Despite public fervor and previous transmission commitments, it is time, as the new president of BCCI Sourav Ganguly suggested in the pregame period, to inspect the merits of programming games in Delhi in the weeks after Diwali.
After all, schools are closed and there is a ban on construction activity. Why subject 22 international cricketers to a three-hour outdoor game when the health advice is even to avoid unnecessary travel, forget a morning jog?
The game itself may have passed without incident, but that is not the point.