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Pollution should be included in determining playing conditions: IMA to BCCI

Greatly troubled about the recent cricket match between India and Sri Lanka in Delhi played under conditions of high levels of air pollution, the letter said. Photograph: (Reuters)

New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 07, 2017, 04.44 AM (IST)

Indian Medical Association has written to BCCI  like rain and poor light, atmospheric pollution should be taken into consideration while determining suitable playing conditions. 

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''Rain and poor light are taken into consideration when determining suitable playing conditions, we suggest that atmospheric pollution should now also be included in the assessing criteria for a match,'' said Indian Medical Association in a letter to BCCI. 

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Greatly troubled about the recent cricket match between India and Sri Lanka in Delhi played under conditions of high levels of air pollution, the letter further said.

Air pollution also reduces the performance of the athletes, the letter said and added that in a situation where milliseconds and millimetres often determine the success of athletes, air pollution can be an important factor in affecting their performance, IMA told in the letter to BCCI. 

Several Sri Lankan players complained of poor air quality and were seen wearing masks during the third Test match against India recently in Delhi.

Sri Lanka’s cricket board has also lodged a complaint to the sport’s governing body ICC about the poor air quality in which its players were subjected to during the match. 

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