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People sign a billboard during a signature campaign against pollution in New Delh

Sri Lanka and India play their third and final Test which ended on Wednesday at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium.

Sri Lanka's cricket board has complained to the sport's governing body about the poor air quality in which its players were subjected to during the Test match in the Indian capital New Delhi.

Delhi's air quality on Monday slipped into severe-plus emergency zone again with a sharp rise in the level of Particulate Matter (PM) throughout the day and National Ambient Air Quality Index (NAAQI) degrading the region with "dark red".

An AQI between 0-50 is considered Good, 51-100 Satisfactory, 101-200 Moderate, 201-300 Poor, 301-400 Very Poor, and 401-500 Severe.

Due to increased breathing, those that do sports in a polluted environment are exposed to air pollution levels three times higher than those resting.

The tribunal criticised the AAP government for not taking any action to control pollution in national capital.

Condemning the Test, KK Aggarwal, the president of the Indian Medical Association, was quoted by reports as saying: "This match should not have taken place in the first place".

"You have fast bowlers, batsmen and fielders out there exposed to these very harmful pollutants over five days at a stretch".

The spurt in pollutants was caused by a combination of meteorological factors including a drop in temperature, wind speed and mixing height, a layer where air and particulates float, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) said.

Other events in Delhi like an Asian tour golf title in November and Indian Super League football matches attract less controversy but doctors say pose no less risk.

Even limited exposure can cause shortness of breath and make the eyes weep and throat burn. But I told him, "Nothing doing". "It's been bad since I landed here yesterday".

Doctors warned of dire health consequences and challenged the race in court but it went ahead, with runners complaining of burning eyes and sore throats.



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