SLC president speaks to ICC on smog condition

BIPIN DANI. Dated: 12/5/2017 1:47:35 PM

MUMBAI, Dec 4: Thilanga Sumathipala, the president of the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board has spoken to the ICC CEO Dave Richardson on the smog conditions under which the players had to play with masks during the second session on the second day of the ongoing Test in Delhi, it is learnt here.
According to the highly placed sources in Sri Lanka, the board chief spoke to Richardson on Sunday itself and that was before the BCCI acting president CK Khanna instructed his acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary to register the protest with SLC (and possibly ICC also).
"Richardson heard the president calmly and promised to "look into the matter", the source added.
"The Test matches are played under the supervision of ICC and the match officials (umpires and match-referee) are abide to receive call from the ICC", the source explained.
Bee stings more dangerous than pollution .The game of cricket has also witnessed the few other strange instances when the play was held up and one among the notable was when the the D/N 50-over ODI between South Africa and Sri Lanka (February this year) at the New Wanderers Stadium was held up for more than an hour because African bees attacked on the ground and the authorities had to summon a professional beekeeper (Peter Hefer).
"The distinction is that very many players and spectators would have been affected by the pollution. The event of the pollution would however be limited as it would wear off. If a bee or multiple bees stung an allergic person, the effects could be fatal. Also with bees, the effect could be severe, even if you were relatively inactive. I see that the pollution affected the active fast bowlers more acutely", the beekeeper Peter Hefer, speaking exclusively from South Africa, said.
"The other aspect to consider is visibility. Both from a spectator and a player point of view. The bee incident at Wanderers halted play immediately where as the pollution did not thus exposing many players to the effects of the pollution".
"I think when you live with pollution, you probably build up a tolerance. With bee stings however, allergic reactions tend to get worse over time if you get stung repeatedly", the beekeeper signed off.



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