Bangladesh cricketers with asthma stayed indoors in smoggy New Delhi before their World Cup match against Sri Lanka. The coach, Chandika Hathurusinghe, mentioned the poor air quality as the reason. Both teams had already cancelled one practice session due to the filthy air. The Delhi government extended the closure of primary schools until November 10 and suggested online learning for other classes because of the air pollution. On Sunday, the air quality index (AQI) in Delhi was a dangerous 460. Hathurusinghe stated that they are trying to minimize exposing their players to such conditions. The Sri Lankan coach said that some players didn’t practice because they have asthma and stayed indoors. They only go outside for specific training and then return to the dressing room. The Indian cricket board prohibited the use of fireworks in post-match celebrations and hopes that Monday’s match will proceed without any problems. The International Cricket Council (ICC) is monitoring the situation. Hathurusinghe admitted that the conditions are not ideal but they have no choice but to play. He denied that the air quality would affect Bangladesh’s team selection. The coach did not provide a direct opinion on whether Delhi is fit to host cricket matches at this time of year. He shifted focus to the team’s goal of finishing in the top eight to qualify for the 2025 Champions Trophy in Pakistan. Currently, Bangladesh is in ninth place on the points table.
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