New Delhi, India batting coach Vikram Rathour on Friday said the first T20 match between India and Bangladesh will take place at the Arun Jaitley Stadium here in the capital on Sunday as scheduled despite pollution getting worse. Rathour said, the Indian team is used to playing in such conditions and therefore, it won’t we a problem when they take the field on Sunday.
A lot has been talked about the poor weather conditions in the national capital. The air quality has been deteriorating ever since Diwali and on Friday it reached the severe+’ category, he said.
“I have played all my life in north India. We are used to these conditions and we have played under these conditions. So, nothing special is being taken care of. Pollution is there but the game has been scheduled. We are here to play and hopefully win,” batting coach said.
Bangladesh coach Russell Domingo said, “There’s no breeze but obviously not perfect weather with the smog. But it same for both teams. Not perfect, not ideal but you can’t complaint about and get on with the game.”
The likes of Bangladesh fast bowler Al-Amin Hossain, team’s spin consultant Daniel Vettori and coach Russell Domingo were all pictured wearing the pollution masks during a fielding training session on Friday.
Earlier. on Thursday, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had confirmed that the T20I match between India and Bangladesh in Delhi will go ahead as planned.
However, the former India captain did say that the board would be “more practical” while scheduling matches in the Northern part of India in the winters.