Playing in pollution was tough: Chandimal

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 6 (PTI) Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal today admitted that it was tough playing in pollution as his team was not used to it but decided to forget about the discomfort after a point and focus on the job at hand.Chandimal and his team work masks to combat pollution on day two at the Feroze Shah Kotla with some of them falling sick.”It was a tough time, the thing is, we arent used to the pollution. Thats why we struggled in the first two days,” said Chandimal after the third Test ended in a draw here.”We told the boys, we need to forget about it and play the game. Today was a fantastic day, felt like Sri Lanka. Thanks to the Indians fans too, thanks to Virat and team, wish them well for the tour of South Africa.”In his defence, senior BCCI official Rajiv Shukla said the game could not have been cancelled due to pollution.”The match cannot be cancelled though pollution is everybodys concern. Nobody knew the situation would be like what it was before the game started,” said Shukla.Delhis viability as an international sports venue had been called into question after Sri Lankan players complained of breathing problems due to smog and wore anti-pollution masks on two days in the third Test.The second days play in the match was halted for 26 minutes after the Sri Lankans complained of breathing problems, forcing Indian captain Virat Kohli to declare the innings at 536/7.advertisementYesterday the Lankan players wore N95 masks, required to protect the lungs from the poor air quality that has plagued the national capital for years now.Pacer Suranga Lakmal had a rough time on the field after bowling three overs. Fielding at third man, he started throwing up on the ground and was taken off. PTI BS AH AHlast_img