BCCI acting President CK Khanna questions Sri Lanka’s actions on the field
Sri Lanka stopped the game frequently and refused to carry on at one stage due to smog pollution.
Published - Dec 3, 2017 5:22 pm | Updated - Dec 3, 2017 5:22 pm
The second day of the third Test between India and Sri Lanka saw the play being held up by the visitors due to smog pollution in Delhi. They were seen wearing the protective masks while on the field and their players also went off the field complaining of sickness. The Indian skipper Virat Kohli also declared the Indian innings furious over the frequent stoppages and surprisingly none of the Indian players used the masks. However, CK Khanna also questioned Sri Lanka over their behaviour during the course of play on Sunday as they refused to carry on at one stage.
The skipper Dinesh Chandimal was involved in an animated chat with the on-field umpires with the physio and the manager of the team also intervening later. The things heated up when the head coaches of both the teams walked out to the ground to have a word with the umpires and expectedly had contrasting opinions. The hosts were keen to carry on as Sri Lanka were out of players with five of their players struggling on the field.
20000 people did not have any problem
The situation was one of its kind as the play had never been stopped for such a bizarre reason ever before. The officials were also caught off guard as the match referee David Boon was also seen talking with someone over the phone to get things cleared. The acting President of BCCI CK Khanna, however, felt that 20000 spectators didn’t have any problem and questioned the actions of the visitors.
“If 20,000 people in the stands did not have problem and the Indian team did not face any issue, I wonder why Sri Lankan team made a big fuss. I will need to talk to the secretary and ask him to write to the Sri Lanka Cricket,” he said according to The Field. ICC will surely look into the matter it seems as both the boards also need to sort out the issue and avoid any controversy over the proceedings ahead in the Test match and tour as well.