Sri Lanka Cricket has cancelled their training session in Delhi on Saturday afternoon following advice from team doctors, owing to severe air pollution in the city. The two teams are scheduled to play their World Cup league match in Delhi on Monday.
The city’s air quality index (AQI) plunged to 640, which is in the ‘hazardous’ category. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that the safe limit for AQI is 25.
In recent years, New Delhi has been consistently ranked as one of the most polluted cities in the world. The city’s air quality is particularly bad during the winter months, when cooler temperatures and low wind speeds trap pollutants in the atmosphere.
The main sources of air pollution in New Delhi are vehicle emissions, industrial emissions, and dust from construction sites. The city also experiences crop burning in neighboring states during the winter months, which further worsens air quality.