Smog cover continues to ruin Ranji Trophy matches in Delhi

first_imgThe smog cover in Delhi caused cancellation of play for the second consecutive day in two Ranji Trophy matches with players complaining of irritation in eyes and breathing problems.The matches were group A league encounter between Bengal and Gujarat at the Feroz Shah Kotla and group C match at Karnail Singh Stadium between Tripura and Hyderabad. (Day 1 of Ranji Trophy matches in Delhi called-off due to smog cover)The post-Diwali smog, leading to low visibility and poor air quality, led to multiple inspections but health of the players was paramount for the match officials.At the Karnail Singh Stadium, players were seen wearing anti-pollution masks as they held their morning practice sessions but soon returned to the pavilion.Former India leg-spinner MV Narasimha Rao, who is now director of Hyderabad Cricket Academy, told India Today, “Even yesterday our players did some stretching, catching and knocking exercises and they complained about irritation in their eyes and breathing difficulties. When we saw on TV news in the evening how dangerous the situation is, then we all wore masks. Out of 4 days 2 days have been lost and if it remains like this then it will turn out to be a dead match.”Even the players voiced their concerns at the Karnail Singh stadium. One of them India Today, “The pollution is extreme here in Delhi and it was the same yesterday, we are facing difficulty in breathing so we are wearing masks as we have to play matches in the future and we don’t want to die.”advertisement”We have five more matches and without the mask if we play then we may fall sick and it will not be good for our health,” added another cricketer.Earlier on Saturday, both Manoj Tiwary and Parthiv Patel went out for toss at the Kotla stadium but match referee P Ranganathan along with umpires Virender Sharma and Krishnamachari Bharathan decided against it.While poor light was stated as a reason for play being called off, it’s a rarity that players from both teams complain of burning eyes and breathing problem even when the light had considerably improved for an hour in the afternoon.”The players were complaining that they were having burning sensation in their eyes. It’s bad out there,” Bengal coach Sairaj Bahutule was quoted as saying by PTI yesterday.The situation in Delhi is so bad that there is prediction of smog continuing and little cricket being played. Bengal captain Manoj Tiwary yesterday said the players felt that they could not play amid such a dense smog even before the start of the game.”This is the first time something like this happened in my career. You can’t blame anyone. There is so much burning sensation in the eyes. After toss, umpires asked both me and Parthiv and we both decided that we can’t play.””During warm up we felt that it’s not happening. We have to take care of our health also. This is something unheard of. But we are all responsible because when we burst crackers we really think about environmental pollution,” PTI quoted Tiwary as saying.(With inputs from Ankit Yadav)last_img

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