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Sri Lankan cricketers wear masks again during Day 4 at Kotla

[caption id="attachment_59112" align="alignnone" width="580"]FE4G9995 Few members of Sri Lankan team were spotted with masks again at Kotla on Day 4.[/caption]

Debasis Sen, Delhi: Few Sri Lankan cricketers were spotted wearing pollution masks again on Day 4 of the third and final Test at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi on Tuesday. The cricketers from Emerald Isle were seen coming with their masks on as they walked into the ground for the start of India’s second innings today.

On Sunday, play had to be stopped thrice as the Sri Lankans complained of breathing problems. And 5 overs into the 2nd innings, medium pacer Suranga Lakmal was seen expressing his discomfort to his teammates. Lakmal fielding at third man had to be attended to by the physio as play was briefly interrupted. He was taken off the field with Dasun Shanaka, wearing a mask, coming on as the substitute fielder.

Sri Lankan Captain Dinesh Chandimal, who scored a brilliant 164, didn't wear a mask while batting but was seen wearing one as soon as he took the field. The only Sri Lankan player, who seemed to not have any problem with the pollution was wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella.

Like in the first innings, Dickwella didn't wear a mask in India's second innings.

Meanwhile, the BCCI on Monday said scheduling of matches in pollution-mired Delhi will be "considered" in future.

"Scheduling of matches in Delhi during this time of the year will be considered," BCCI Acting Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary told reporters at the end of the third day's play here when questions were raised about Delhi's viability as a venue given the rising pollution levels.

However, Chaudhary said Sri Lanka Cricket had not raised any such concerns when the itinerary was decided. "If Sri Lanka Cricket had concerns regarding scheduling, they didn't express them to us," he added.

There was high drama at the stadium on Sunday when Sri Lankan players' refusal to take the field forced an animated Kohli to declare at 536 for 7.

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