New Delhi topped a real-time list of the world’s most polluted cities compiled by Swiss group IQAir, which put the city’s air quality index (AQI) at 640 in the “hazardous” category on Friday.
Bangladesh canceled training on Friday because of the toxic fumes, which left the city ordering some schools to close as the AQI fell.
The governing cricket board of India (BCCI) has already banned the use of fireworks in post-match celebrations in New Delhi and Mumbai.
The governing body International Cricket Council (ICC) said it was monitoring the situation in New Delhi.
“We are currently assessing the situation,” an ICC spokesman said in a statement to Reuters. “The ICC and our host BCCI take the interest of all participants seriously and are monitoring the air quality in Delhi. We are taking expert advice to assess the situation.”
During the India v Sri Lanka test match in New Delhi six years ago, several players vomited on the field, while others struggled with the dangerous air.
The air quality in Mumbai is also terrible and England player Joe Root said he felt they were “eating the air” in the western Indian city.
India captain Rohit Sharma also spoke about the deteriorating air quality.
“It’s not ideal and everyone knows that,” Rohit said on Wednesday worried about its impact especially on children.
“Obviously it’s important that they get to live without any fear,” said Rohit.
“Every time I talk outside of cricket, or not discussing cricket, I always talk about this. We have to look after the generations to come.”
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