Environmentalists have written to BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, requesting him to consider moving the first India-Bangladesh T20I outside Delhi over the deteriorating air quality. "Making our cricketers play a physically demanding sport for 3-4 hours in Delhi’s toxic air will end up doing more damage to our cricket team’s health in the long run," the letter read.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday took to Twitter to appeal to Punjab and Haryana governments with 'folded hands' to prevent Delhi from becoming a gas chamber. Stubble burning in neighboring states led to Delhi's AQI level falling into the 'severe' category on Tuesday. As per the government, effective stubble fire counts of Haryana and Punjab have increased from 1,654 to 2,577.
The overall air quality in Delhi on Wednesday morning was 422, which falls under the 'severe category'. Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the overall air quality in Delhi got recorded at 414. Notably, since Monday, air pollution levels in Delhi, Kolkata, Chandigarh, and Punjab have been ranging from 'poor' to 'severe' categories.