Delhi is set to host just one more match, while Mumbai with three more matches with no fireworks show as air pollution in the cities increase
The BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) has imposed a ban on the use of fireworks during the remaining World Cup matches in Delhi and Mumbai due to the deteriorating air quality in these two major cities.
Delhi is set to host just one more match, the Bangladesh-Sri Lanka game on November 6, while Mumbai is scheduled to host two additional league matches on November 2 and November 7, along with the semifinal on November 15.
BCCI Secretary Jay Shah issued a statement on Wednesday, emphasising the board's sensitivity to environmental concerns. He informed, "I formally raised this issue with the ICC, and as a result, there will be no fireworks display in Mumbai to avoid exacerbating the pollution levels."
Shah reiterated the BCCI's commitment to addressing environmental issues and ensuring the well-being of fans and stakeholders. He acknowledged the pressing concerns surrounding air quality in both Mumbai and New Delhi.
"While we are dedicated to hosting the ICC World Cup in a manner befitting the celebration of cricket, we remain resolute in our dedication to prioritising the health and safety of all our stakeholders," Shah stated.
The air quality in Delhi has consistently remained in the "very poor" category for five consecutive days, with an air quality index (AQI) of 372.
Mumbai is also grappling with a worrisome pollution situation. On Tuesday, the Bombay High Court expressed its concern regarding the deteriorating air quality index in the city while taking suo motu (on its own) cognisance of the matter.