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IND vs BAN: Despite having 'very poor' air quality, Delhi's Arun Jaitley Stadium will still host India-Bangladesh match

According to the AQI chats, a score of 0 and 50 can be considered as "good". Whereas 51 and 100 as "satisfactory", 101 and 200 as "moderate" with 201 and 300 as "poor".

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DNA Web Team

Updated: Oct 31, 2019, 01:43 PM IST

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Delhi's Arun Jaitley Stadium is set to host the first match of the T20I series between India and Bangladesh despite the city's air quality deteriorating to "very poor" after Sunday's Diwali celebrations. 

Due to the national capital having a concerning Air Quality Index (AQI), there's been a lot of speculations about re-scheduling the first T20I match to some other venue.

According to recent reports, environmentalists have also sent down letters regarding the pollution concerns to the newly-elected Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly. 

"In the light of extreme pollution in Delhi, we would like to request you to consider shifting the venue for the first T20 outside of Delhi," Ravina Raj Kohli of My Right To Breathe and Jyoti Pande of Care For Air wrote.  

"Making our cricketers play a physically demanding sport for 3-4 hours in Delhi’s toxic air will end up doing more damage to our cricket team’s health in the long run."

However, DDCA officials did confirm on October 30 that the match between India and Bangladesh will definitely take place at the scheduled venue. 

"Yes we heard about the letter but there has been no such communication from BCCI’s end," a DDCA official told Hindustan Times. "In fact, we have been told to carry on with preparations for Sunday’s match. The broadcasters are set to arrive tomorrow (Thursday)."

According to the AQI chats, a score of 0 and 50 can be considered as "good". Whereas 51 and 100 as "satisfactory", 101 and 200 as "moderate" with 201 and 300 as "poor".

Things get serious when the score hits 301 and 400 where it's classified as "very poor" and 401 and 500 as "severe".

But according to the DDCA, the conditions are not as bad.

"The air quality generally deteriorates here at this time, it is a known fact but I don’t think that will cause problems to the players this time,” the official added.

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