UPDATE : Sportstar understands that a final call on the match will be taken at 6:15 p.m. by the match referee. The decision will solely be based on visibility (determined using a light metre) and not the smog. It is also understood that additional police forces have been deployed to counter any law and order situation.
FYI: An AQI between 0-50 is considered 'good', 51-100 'satisfactory', 101-200 'moderate', 201-300 'poor', 301-400 'very poor' and 401-500 'severe'. Above 500 falls in the 'severe plus' category.
Our man on the ground, Abhishek Mukherjee, tells us that the visibility has improved a lot since the afternoon.
With air quality over the past few days being the worst so far this season, AIIMS director Randeep Guleria has said that “Delhi’s air pollution level is now affecting even healthy individuals and is a cause for concern”. Should the authorities consider calling off the game?
UPDATE : Match referee Ranjan Madugalle is keeping a close eye on the proceedings and will take a final call on the fate of the match at 6:30 pm.
Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo has said getting exposed to poor air quality in India was not as big a shock for them as it is for some other countries.
The visiting Sri Lanka players in 2017 wore masks while fielding after the lunch session on the second day at the Ferozshah Kotla Stadium.
In an unprecedented incident, Sri Lanka enforced three interruptions during the second session of the Test against India at the Ferozeshah Kotla on account of perceived unhealthy conditions.
When play resumed after lunch on the second day of the match, five Sri Lankan players took the field wearing face masks, which, irinically, were procured from the Indian dressing room.
Soon, seamer Lahiru Gamage complained of breathlessness and skipper Dinesh Chandimal stepped in to speak to the umpires.
- In 2016, two Ranji matches - Bengal versus Gujarat, and Hyderabad versus Tripura, were called off because of heavy smog; the air quality was much worse at that point.
The Air Quality Index was recorded at 483 as of 11 a.m., which is just short of the severe plus category.
Air pollution levels bordered on the “severe plus” threshold for the Capital on Sunday morning after a brief spell of respite due to a light drizzle on Saturday.
The Delhi government on Friday announced that all schools in the Capital would be closed till November 5 due to public health emergency declared by the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority as pollution had reached intolerable levels in the Capital making it a “gas chamber”.
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