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ODI World Cup 2023: BCCI confirm no fireworks in Mumbai, Delhi matches

India was scheduled to play against Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, while Bangladesh and Sri Lanka were set to meet at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi.

On the same day when the Bombay High Court took notice of the deteriorating air quality in Mumbai and initiated suo motu proceedings, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) made an announcement that there would be no fireworks display during the World Cup matches in Mumbai and Delhi. The reason cited for this decision was the potential impact on air pollution levels in these cities.

India’s next matches

India was scheduled to play against Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, while Bangladesh and Sri Lanka were set to meet at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi.

Jay Shah confirms no fireworks

BCCI Secretary Jay Shah, confirmed this decision, stating that he had formally raised the matter with the International Cricket Council (ICC). The board’s decision was based on its commitment to addressing environmental concerns and prioritizing the well-being of fans and stakeholders.

Shah emphasized that the BCCI was sensitive to the pressing issue of air quality in both Mumbai and New Delhi. The move to eliminate fireworks from the World Cup matches was seen as a proactive step to address environmental concerns, even as they aimed to host the ICC World Cup in a manner befitting the celebration of cricket.

Air quality in Mumbai, Delhi

The decision was supported by data from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), which indicated that the overall Air Quality Index (AQI) reading in Mumbai on that Tuesday was “moderate” at 172, with the Bandra Kurla Complex area registering a concerning high of 260. In Delhi, the air quality in October had been the worst since 2020.

A senior BCCI official explained that the decision to go fireworks-free in Mumbai and Delhi was not just about the matches but also a significant statement in the interest of public welfare. It was meant to raise environmental awareness among citizens and set an example for making a positive societal change.

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