ICC Cricket World Cup 2023

BAN vs SL: Bangladesh cancel training session in Delhi due to air pollution

Saurabh AnandSaurabh Anand

November 3 2023
Bangladesh Cricket Team

Bangladesh to face Sri Lanka next in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.

India’s national capital, Delhi, is facing a severe crisis due to rising air pollution. Bangladesh cricket team had a scheduled practice session on Friday at Arun Jaitley Cricket Stadium, but they cancelled their practice session due to a prevailing air emergency in Delhi. Bangladesh team management decided to opt out of the practice session to safeguard their players from the pollution. Bangladesh will be playing against Sri Lanka in Delhi on November 6 (Monday).

Bangladesh team director Khaled Mahmud confirmed the reports of Bangladesh opting out of the practice session in Delhi on Friday. Bangladesh arrived in Delhi on November 1, and they had their opening practice session scheduled for Friday evening. Bangladesh had their practice session scheduled for around 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., but the situation in the national capital region hasn’t improved since Friday morning. Schools and colleges were also shut down due to smog.

Khaled Mahmud informed the press

Bangladesh team director Khaled Mahmud said, “We actually had a training session today, but due to worsening conditions, we didn’t take the chance. We have two more training days. Some of us developed coughing, so there’s a risk factor. We don’t want to get sick. We don’t know if things will improve, but we have training tomorrow. We want all the players to be fit for the important game coming up on November 6.”

There have been no discussions regarding shifting of Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka game, which was originally scheduled for Monday. Bangladesh will have their next training session scheduled for Saturday evening, and then on Sunday they will be training in the afternoon. Air quality in October and November goes from moderate to severe as a lot of factors come into play in the close vicinity of Delhi.

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