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Delhi air pollution unlikely to affect Ind-Ban T20I

Published : 28 Oct 2019 05:41 PM | Updated : 05 Sep 2020 05:24 PM

The air pollution problem in Delhi is unlikely to affect the first T20I of the three-match series between Bangladesh and India on November 3.

The Bangladesh cricket team reaches Delhi on October 30 to acclimatize with the weather in Delhi.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) sources said the first T20I match between the two countries would be held as scheduled at the Arun Jaitley Stadium (earlier known as Ferozshah Kotla stadum) despite the air quality in Delhi deteriorating post-Diwali.

“The Delhi Pollution Control Committee expects November 3 as a clear day so we decided to fix the venue after their consultation,” BCCI sources said.

Asked if the air quality 

worsened further, the BCCI source said “as of now everything is 

fixed and I don’t see any change 

in plan.”

The air quality in Delhi dipped to the ‘very poor’ category on Monday morning, according to the government agency System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR).

An AQI between 0 and 50 is considered ‘good’, 51 and 100 ‘satisfactory’, 101 and 200 ‘moderate’, 201 and 300 ‘poor’, 301 and 400 ‘very poor’, and 401 and 500 ‘severe’.

Poor air quality has been a concern in Delhi. In December 2017, Sri Lanka players had found it difficult to breathe during the Test match in Delhi and even wore masks while fielding.

Bangladesh will be playing three-T20I and two Test matches in India.