Bangladesh team members wearing mask in Delhi

There is no hiding from the fact that Delhi pollution is taking heavy toll on people’s health condition in the city. The entire city has been tackling toxic pollution with the air quality level going worse day by day.

Ever since Diwali, Delhi pollution went from bad to worse with a public health emergency being declared in the city and nearby sectors by the pollution control body mandated by the Supreme Court (SC) of the national capital.

Bangladesh Team Members Wear Masks To Counter Delhi Pollution
Bangladesh player wears a mask (Credits: HT)

Earlier, there were widespread speculations regarding the cancellation of T20I opener in Delhi due to air pollution problems. Needless to say, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, batting coach Vikram Rathour and Indian team interim skipper Rohit Sharma dismissed talks by confirming that the match will be scheduled.

Just a day ago, Bangladesh player Liton Das was spotted wearing a mask while training as he felt totally uncomfortable being there. But in a strange turn of events, on Friday, multiple members of the Bangladesh team and support staff were spotted wearing the pollution masks in the build-up to the preparation of the opening clash of the T20I series.

Vettori, Domingo among others to wear masks

Bangladesh Team Members Wear Masks To Counter Delhi Pollution
Vettori and Domingo (Credits: AFP)

Bangladesh’s spin consultant Daniel Vettori, team fast bowler Al-Amin Hossain and coach Russell Domingo were all seen wearing the pollution masks during a fielding training session on Friday.

Head coach Russell Domingo is very much aware of the fact that Sri Lankans had struggled to breathe properly the last time they toured India. He also confessed that there is a snippet of pollution in Bangladesh too.

“We know the Sri Lankans struggled last time and look there’s a bit of pollution in Bangladesh as well, so it’s a not a massive shock, unlike some other countries.

The players have just got on with the game and haven’t complained too much about it. It’s only three hours so it’s going to be easy. There may be scratchy eyes, sore throat but that’s ok. No one is dying,” Domingo told while addressing the reporters at the pre-match press conference.

“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 complain about and get on with the game,” the coach said.

Meanwhile, Gautam Gambhir questioned Arvind Kejriwal in his recent tweet for the pollution level in the city. He posted a clip of the visiting team members wearing masks while training. Check out the tweet below: