Angelo Mathews

Sri Lanka exaggerated pollution issue, says Shami

[caption id="attachment_21674" align="aligncenter" width="580"]Md. Shami claims that Sri Lanka had exaggerated the pollution issue. File Pic Md. Shami claims that Sri Lanka had exaggerated the pollution issue.
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Debasis Sen, Delhi: Team India pacer Mohammed Shami feel, the issue of pollution at Kotla yesterday was exaggerated by the Sri Lankan cricketers. Talking to reporters after the third day's play Shami said, "Yes, pollution is an aspect that we seriously need to think about. But what was being potrayed (by Sri Lanka), it wasn’t to that extent."

He added, "It could be that we are more used to (pollution) it and our ability to adjust is much more compared to them. I think we need to check what are the reasons of pollution and try to minimize it. Look we are used to suffering from all these problems."

Sri Lankan all rounder Angelo Mathews feel the decision to continue playing should be left on the umpires.

"Look, it is up to the match referee and umpires to take the decision. We are here to play cricket and we want to get out to the park. It is up to the officials to take the decision. It is pretty much the same. Or bit worse probably. You have got to deal with what you have for the next two days," said Mathews who notched up his first century in India.

On being asked whether ICC has to come up with something, Mathews said, "Look, that’s once again up to the Match Referee to talk to the ICC. This was a unique occasion. We have had never this sort of things. I am sure the officials will address the issue."

The cricketers from both countries have left aside the controversy and moved on.

"It was one of those unique occasions where no one knew what to do. It didn’t hamper the relationship of players on the field. Off the field we are great friends and it will remain the same," signed off Mathews.

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