Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Sri Lanka minister prevents cricketers from travelling to India

Sri Lanka minister prevents cricketers from travelling to India

Number three batsman Thirimanne managed a fifty in his four innings in India but was dropped for the Delhi Test due to his tendency to play loose shots.The tourists slotted de Silva in the crucial spot and the 26-year-old braved a thigh injury to score 119 and help his team eke out a draw at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.

"This match should not have taken place in the first place".

"Air pollution also reduces performance of the athletes".

"Greatly troubled about the recent cricket match between India and Sri Lanka in Delhi played under conditions of high levels of air pollution", it added. "It is time the ICC (International Cricket Council) comes up with a policy on pollution", said IMA president K. K Aggarwal. But veteran fast bowler Lasith Malinga continues to be overlooked.

"Rain and poor light are taken into consideration when determining suitable playing conditions, we suggest that atmospheric pollution should now also be included in the assessing criteria for a match", the letter said.


The safe levels of atmospheric particulate matter (PM), according to World Health Organization (WHO) air quality guidelines, are 20 g/cu mm (annual mean) for PM10 and 10 g/ cu mm (annual mean) for PM2.5.

Even limited exposure can cause shortness of breath and make the eyes weep and throat burn.

With pollution levels particularly alarming in the past two years, doctors have raised awareness against sports events in Delhi. Finally when they went to bat out on Wednesday, they delivered.

Sri Lanka is going through a hard transition phase and the current administration has been blamed for the team's poor run in global cricket.

"We can not expose our athletes to inhuman levels of pollution just because a few hundred crores (tens of millions of dollars) is at stake".

Like this: