BCCI bans use of firecrackers in matches in Delhi, Mumbai

With the onset of winter, air pollution starts increasing in many cities of the country. The situation is particularly bad in metros like Delhi and Mumbai. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has taken a decision in this regard. The BCCI has banned the use of fireworks during the remaining World Cup matches in Delhi and Mumbai in view of the deteriorating air quality index (AQI) in both the cities.

Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium will host the World Cup matches between India and Sri Lanka on November 2 and Australia and Afghanistan on November 7. The first semi-final will be played here on November 15. Delhi will host its last league match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka on November 6.

BCCI Secretary Jay Shah said in a media statement on Wednesday that the BCCI is sensitive to environmental concerns. I formally took up this matter with the ICC and there will be no fireworks display in Mumbai, which may increase pollution levels. The board is committed to tackling environmental issues and will always keep the interests of its fans and stakeholders at the forefront.

“The BCCI recognizes the immediate concerns regarding air quality in both Mumbai and New Delhi. As we strive to host the ICC World Cup in line with the celebration of cricket, we continue to prioritize the health and safety of all our stakeholders,” Shah said. We are firm on our commitment to give.

According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), air pollution in Delhi and Mumbai is increasing day by day. On Tuesday, the air quality index (AQI) in Mumbai stood at 172, which falls in the ‘moderate’ category, while the AQI in Bandra Kurla Complex was 260, which falls in the ‘poor’ category. The AQI recorded in Delhi on Wednesday was 373, which falls in the ‘very poor’ category. Last week, AQI 566 was recorded in Jahangirpuri, Delhi.