Delhi Test, Day 2: Sri Lanka Players Complain About Pollution, Board Asks BCCI To Explain

Updated: 03 December 2017 23:59 IST

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chadimal was involved in a long discussion with the umpires after Lahiru Gamage was seen coughing between his overs.

Delhi Test, Day 2: Sri Lanka Players Complain About Pollution, Board Asks BCCI To Explain
Several Sri Lanka players wore masks during the 2nd session of play. © BCCI

As Sri Lankan players complained about poor air quality today during the ongoing Test match at Delhi's Feroz Shah Kotla, their Board has asked its Indian counterpart, the BCCI, to explain why the national capital was chosen as the venue for the match, sources have told NDTV. The play was halted for 17 minutes in the post-lunch session after the visitors, led by their skipper Dinesh Chandimal, wanted to leave the field of play complaining of severe pollution. The Lankans were seen wearing anti-pollution masks during the post-lunch session. The play was halted between 12:32 pm to 12:49 pm after which the umpires and match referee David Boon convinced them to continue.

However, there was another stoppage of play in the 127th over when Lakmal walked off the field after bowling the fifth ball. The umpires once again got together, chatting with Chandimal and Angelo Mathews. Sri Lanka manager Asanka Gurusinha and India coach Ravi Shastri also joined in.

Dilruwan Perera finished the over and Sandakan bowled the next before Chandimal stopped play because there were only 10 Sri Lankans on the field.

Kohli then decided to declare India's first innings at 536/7d in 127.5 overs.

Earlier, it was in the 123rd over being bowled by pacer Lahiru Gamage that play was stopped. Gamage was about to bowl his fourth delivery and he stopped in his stride complaining of uneasiness.

Chandimal walked up to the on-field umpires Joel Wilson and Nigel Llong to complain about the poor air quality, complaining that his fast bowler was finding it difficult to breathe.

The light had also worsened due to the pollution and it was evident that an already battered Sri Lankan team wanted an opportunity to leave the field.

Skipper Virat Kohli, who was dismissed for 243 after the proceedings resumed, was in no mood to leave the field and lay down on the ground to take a break.

It was not clear as to why Gamage was again given the 125th over when he again felt uneasy and was taken off the field with Suranga Lakmal completing the over.

(With inputs from PTI and Yash Chawla)

Topics : Cricket India Sri Lanka Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi India vs Sri Lanka 2017-18
Highlights
  • Sri Lanka players were spotted wearing masks
  • There was a brief stop in play due to poor air quality
  • Dinesh Chandimal was seen discussing the matter with umpires
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