JUST NOT CRICKET
You normally think of cricket as a healthy pursuit, players gambolling in the sunshine. The game is more strenuous now, with batsmen sprinting between wickets and outfielders diving to prevent boundaries. Last week, though, Sri Lankan players were throwing up, collapsing and complaining to match officials during their Test match in Delhi not because of exertion or the pressure of facing an in-form Indian team but the noxious haze that shrouds the capital. Why should visiting teams be expected to play in these conditions? The National Green Tribunal admonished cricket officials and the Delhi government for letting the match go on. Instead of bracing cricket on bright December days, the players might as well have been batting and bowling in a smoke-filled pub in 1970s England.