Air quality worsens, pollution 'severe' in many parts of Delhi

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The concentration of the most dominant pollutants, PM2.5 and PM10, reached levels as high as 276 and 455 micrograms per cubic metre (ug/m3) by 3 pm, according to the Central Control Room for Air Quality Management of the CPCB.

Let it be known that due to the hazardous smog third Test between India and Sri Lanka on Sunday was being interrupted for several times. "As far as (Mohammed) Shami is concerned, he is fine and you will see him in action tomorrow", said the India opener.

In defence of some of the teammates who have sown signs of discomfort when playing, Dhawan said, "There are a lot of players in our team who are not used to this pollution thing in Delhi as they come from other states. If I allowed them to go, I am setting a precedent here", he added.

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"It is definitely a first of its kind", said one commentator on the official television broadcast.

With pollution levels particularly alarming in the past two years, doctors have raised awareness against sports events in Delhi.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India, BCCI, declined to comment. The islanders were booed by Indian fans as their opening batsmen walked to the crease after Kohli's declaration.

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Unprecedented visuals of Sri Lankan cricketers wearing face masks on the cricket field have reignited debate about hosting major sports in heavily polluted New Delhi, where doctors are increasingly vocal about the health risks posed by smog.

Pollution levels generally rise during the winter in Delhi and across northern India fuelled by crop burning in the region and the fact that cooler air traps particulates close to the ground. It is time the ICC comes up with a policy on pollution.

Test skipper Dinesh Chandimal did not get a place in the touring party led by Thisara Perera, who takes over the reins from Upul Tharanga.

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Other top-level sporting events in Delhi, such as global cricket and golf tournaments, have attracted less attention despite the hazardous levels of pollution.

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