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Lankan Players Made A Big Fuss About Smog: BCCI Prez CK Khanna

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: December 3, 2017, 5:16 PM IST
Lankan Players Made A Big Fuss About Smog: BCCI Prez CK Khanna

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Day 2 of the third and final Test match between India and Sri Lanka was witness to a rather unique event at the Ferozeshah Kotla. The visiting Lankans brought out their masks as they were having a hard time dealing with the pollution and smog that engulfed the national capital. The unhappy Lankans made their point clear to both the on-field umpires Nigel Llong and Joel Wilson at several points when they forced the play to be stopped at regular intervals with complaints against the conditions.

That did not go down well with Indian captain Virat Kohli, and he made it evident while batting. Kohli who it seemed wanted to not waste time, was forced to declare earlier than he would have preferred.

The Indian captain was clearly not happy and along similar lines acting BCCI President CK Khanna said that the visitors were making an unnecessary fuss.

“If 20,000 people in the stands did not have problem and the Indian team did not face any issue, I wonder why Sri Lankan team made a big fuss. I will need to talk to the secretary and ask him to write to the Sri Lanka Cricket.”

The national capital has been plagued with the problem of smog and pollution a problem in recent weeks. So bad was the situation in the recent past that it was a pollution emergency with toxic smog hanging over the city for more than a few days.

It is not just the Sri Lankans who have been affected deeply by this, in fact recently the Indian captain Virat Kohli also made it a point to talk about the smog and the pollution. Kohli, who is from the national capital took to social media to ask the people of the city to help reduce the toxic pollution and smog cover over the city.

In a video posted by Kohli on Twitter, he describes measures that the public could adopt to help our environment.

"Hi guys! We all know what the situation of pollution is like in Delhi, I wanted to bring your attention towards it because a lot of people are debating as to what’s causing it. But what are we actually doing about it? Agar hume yeh match jeetna hai pollution ke against, hum sab ko saath mein mil ke khelna hoga. Kyunki hum sabki zimmedaari hai pollution ko kam karna. Specially jo log Delhi mein rehte hain, un sabki yeh responsibility hai."

"If we have to win this match against the pollution, we all have to come forward and fight against it. It is our responsibility to reduce the pollution levels. Especially the people from Delhi, it's their responsibility."

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First Published: December 3, 2017, 5:06 PM IST

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