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Pollution more concerning than cricket match, says Gautam Gambhir

Gautam Gambhir was asked about India's upcoming match against Bangladesh in New Delhi on November 3. Gambhir said whether the match happens or not is a small matter and that the problem of air pollution is something Delhi faces throughout the year.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: October 30, 2019 7:10:18 pm
A match between India and Sri Lanka in December 2017 was temporarily stopped after some Sri Lanka players fell sick during the match at a time Delhi’s air quality had plummeted to alarming levels. (File Photo)

With New Delhi’s air quality plummeting to alarming levels over the past few days and increasing questions being asked about India’s upcoming cricket match against Bangladesh in the national capital, Gautam Gambhir and Sunil Chhetri have expressed concerns about the problem of air pollution in New Delhi.

“It is a far serious issue than having a game of cricket or if any other sports matches happen in Delhi. I think people living in Delhi should be more concerned about the pollution level rather than if the cricket match happens,” Gautam Gambhir told ANI.

Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri said, “When we come to Delhi, we feel irritation in our eyes. Some foreign players wear masks. A lot of people don’t stay here for Diwali, they venture out. All of us should come together and think how do we rectify this.”

The first T20I between India and Bangladesh is scheduled to be played at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on November 3 despite the prevailing alarming level of air pollution.

“That (whether the match happens) is a very small thing, ultimately it is Delhi which is suffering, from kids to old age people as well, so it’s our responsibility,” cricketer-turned-politician Gambhir said.

“So, I am not really bothered whether the match will happen or not. I hope it happens and it should happen, but again this is something which Delhi people face throughout the year. It is far more concerning than the match,” he added.

Former India player Bishan Singh Bedi also expressed concern about the present state of Delhi air.

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