Monday, 04 December 2017 - 10:36
"SL players vomited due to Delhi air pollution" - Nic Pothas


It was a record that nobody would be happy to be shared or be a part of.
The second day’s play of the 3rd Test between Sri Lanka and India was stopped for around 20 minutes yesterday (03) due to polluted air in Delhi.
It was, probably, the first time an international match was disrupted by pollution.
Sri Lanka cricket team coach Nic Pothas said the team management was concerned about the players’ health and had oxygen cylinders in the dressing room as the likes of Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Gamage and Dhananjaya de Silva were vomiting.
“Obviously it is well documented that Delhi has a high level of pollution,” Pothas told the media.
When asked what Sri Lanka’s position would be if the situation is similar on Monday, Pothas said it’s all up to the match officials and the referee.
“I haven’t spoken to anyone as to what we are going to do. That’s in the hands of match referee and umpires and I am sure they will put in place some sort of precedence if that happens on Monday again,” he added.
While Pothas praised Angelo Mathews for his fighting fifty, he also said Dilruwan Perera – who opened the innings in place of the injured Sadeera Samarawickrama – was the one who took it upon himself to go after the Indian bowlers early on.
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