Delhi Pollution Has Players Throwing Up

Lahiru Gamage and Suranga Lakmal were both forced to take a break from play after pollutants had them vomiting, and the pollutants reached 12 times the WHO safe limit!

Suranga Lakmal was seen doubled over and retching his guts out during the game on Tuesday afternoon as levels of the pollutants reached 300 micrograms/cubic meter in certain parts of the Indian capital.

A Break in Play Required

As punters making use of various betting apps enjoyed the game on Sunday, air pollution forced a break in play to be called during the test between Sri Lanka and India, making for the first interruption of this kind in the history of international cricket. Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Gamage could not continue their bowling duties mid-over, and took to the changing rooms, where Nic Pothas, their coach, reported that they were vomiting continuously.

Most of Suranga Lakmal’s teammates were playing in pollution masks on Tuesday, when Suranga Lakmal had to be assisted off the field by the physiotherapist for the Sri Lankans, and the groundsmen scattered sawdust in an attempt to offset the foul air.

Future Schedules to be Amended for Indian Cricket Games

On Monday the Indian Cricket board said that it would examine amending game schedules based on pollution forecasts in the future. Amitabh Chaudhary, acting secretary of the Board of Control for the game in India, stated as much. Usually off-field antics are what get players into trouble on field, but in this case, factors are well beyond their control.

This is after CK Khanna, the acting president for the board, earlier dismissed concerns brought up about this fact. Khanna stated that, in his view, if the thousands of people in the stands were not adversely affected, and the Indian team did not face any kind of issues, he could not understand why the Sri Lankans were making such a big to-do about it.

Widespread Condemnation about the Timing

Director of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup, Javier Ceppi, published a tweet on Sunday that Delhi could not even consider playing host to sporting events from Diwali until at least the end of February. He was joined by the Medical Association of India in condemning the choice to allow the test in Delhi to go ahead. KK Aggarwal, the association’s president, stated that one could not expose batsmen, fielders, and fast bowlers to these kinds of very heavy pollutants over period of five days at a time, adding that it would take a harsh toll on players’ health over the longer term.

The Indian Team is Not Affected

Indian players, along with umpires for the match, have eschewed masks for the duration of the test, prompting fans and others to accuse the players from Sri Lanka of being melodramatic. They pointed out that Virat Kohli, captain for the Indian team, managed to post a record double-century in spite of the pollution-ridden conditions.

The Delhi air is thick with carcinogenic chemicals that are fine enough to lodge themselves deep inside the lungs, breaching the blood/brain barrier. Numerous studies have linked these pollution levels to increased rates of lung cancer, heart disease, and persistent respiratory conditions over the long-term. Immediate exposure triggers asthma attacks and causes discomfort to the throat and eyes.

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