Delhi's notorious smog, which may rob the Indian capital of future winter Tests, continued to plague the visiting Sri Lankan team on Day 4 of the third and final Test on Tuesday. Some members of the Sri Lankan cricket team once again wore pollution masks as India’s 2nd innings got underway at the Feroz Shah kotla.Play had to be stopped on three occasions on Sunday during India’s 1st innings as the Sri Lankan team wearing pollutions masks, complaine of breathing problems. And 5 overs into the 2nd innings, Sri Lankan players, Suranga Lakma in Particular , were once again seen in strife. Lakmal fielding at third man had to be attended to by the physio as play briefly interrupted. He vomited on the field and was taken off with Dasun Shanaka , wearing a mask , coming on as the substitute fielder.
Captain of Sri Lanka Dinesh Chandimal , who scored a brilliant 164, didn’t wear a Sri Lankan player, who seemed to not have any problem with the pollution was wicket keeper Niroshan Dickwella. Like in the first innings, Dickwella didn’t wear a mask in India’s second innings. Another point of note was that both onfield umpires—Nigel Llong (England) , Joel Wilson not once wore a mask on any day of the 3rd Test. The Indian team too decided against wearing pollution masks when it took the field on Day 3.
Meanwhile , the BCCI on Monday said scheduling of matches in pollution – mired Delhi will be “ considered” in future. “Scheduling of matches in Delhi during this time of the year will be considered”, BCCI Acting Secretary Amitabh Chaudahry told reporters at the end of the third day’s play here when questions were raised about Delhi’s viability as a venue given th rising pollution levels. However, Chaudhary said Sri Lanka Cricket had not raised any such concerns when the itinerary was decided. “If Sri Lanka Cricket had concerns regarding scheduling, they didn’t express them to us,” he added. There was high drama at the stadium on Sunday when Sri Lankan players’ refusal to take the field forced an animated Kohli to declare at 536 for 7. Sri Lankan interim coach Nic Pothas had later claimed that match referee David Boon had seen Suranga Lakmal and Dhananjaya De Silva vomiting when he paid a visit to the team’s dressing room.