JUST NOT CRICKET

India Today - - UPFRONT -

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.

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