India vs Bangladesh: Sourav Ganguly green signals first T20I in New Delhi despite air pollution concerns


Despite the air quality level plummeting to the “severe” category, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly confirmed that the scheduled T20I in New Delhi between India and Bangladesh will go ahead as planned.

Shared News| October 31, 2019 2:44:36 pm
Sourav Ganguly, the newly elected president of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed on Thursday that the upcoming T20I match between India and Bangladesh in New Delhi will go ahead as planned, despite concerns about post-Diwali air pollution.

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“Yes, it will,” said Ganguly when contacted by ANI to ask about the upcoming match in the nation’s capital.

The air quality of New Delhi continues to deteriorate, but Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday hoped that pollution will not be a deterrent for the contest between the two neighbouring nations.

“I hope that pollution will not come in the way of cricket. To reduce pollution, we are also implementing the odd-even scheme from November 4,” Kejriwal told reporters after air quality levels plummeted to the “severe” category for the first time this season.

On the other hand, former cricketer and politician Gautam Gambhir on Wednesday said that pollution is a bigger concern than a cricket match, as “people living in Delhi should be more concerned about the pollution levels.”

According to System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), on Monday morning, the most polluted locations post-Diwali were Delhi University (North Campus), Pusa, Rohini-Punjabi Bagh, Wazirpur, Jahangirpuri, DTU, and Bawana.

The first T20I of the three-match series between India and Bangladesh is scheduled to be played at the Arun Jaitley Stadium on November 3. The remaining two clashes will be played at Rajkot and Nagpur, before the two Tests will be played at Indore and Kolkata.