New Delhi, Dec 7: The Indian Medical Association has written to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) saying it was “greatly troubled” about the recent test match between India and Sri Lanka being held in Delhi despite high pollution levels. The IMA’s letter to BCCI came after Sri Lankan players were spotted wearing masks to counter the pollution in Delhi during the third and final Test match at Feroz Shah Kotla.

“Greatly troubled about the recent cricket match between India and Sri Lanka in Delhi played under conditions of high levels of air pollution,” IMA has written. The medical body has also said that pollution hampers the performance of players and hence, it should be one of the factors considered for deciding venues of matches.

“Air pollution also reduces performance of the athletes. In a situation where milliseconds and millimetres often determine success of athletes, air pollution can be an important factor in affecting their performance,” IMA said. “Rain and poor light are taken into consideration when determining suitable playing conditions, we suggest that atmospheric pollution should now also be included in the assessing criteria for a match,” it added.

The Sri Lankan players were trolled on the social media after wearing masks on the field during the match. In fact, Sri Lanka fast bowler Suranga Lakmal had to leave the field after vomiting during the day four of the third and final Test against India in Delhi. The players were also seen wearing masks again during the same test match.