Delhi Test: Dinesh Chandimal hails Sri Lanka's 'good attitude' after draw

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The five-day match, in which Sri Lankan players were seen wearing masks on the field, ended yesterday.

In a letter to BCCI acting president C K Khanna and head of committee of administrators Vinod Rai, IMA president Dr K K Agarwal said the message that has gone home from the India and Sri Lanka cricket match is that it is safe for children to play cricket even when PM 2.5 levels are more than 300.

Sri Lankan's Dinesh Chandimal bats during the fifth day of third test cricket match between India and Sri Lanka in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Referring to the poor show by Sri Lankan cricket team, Jayasekera said: "Give me a little time to resurrect things". But veteran fast bowler Lasith Malinga continues to be overlooked. "Good attitude, good discipline can take this team forward". However, the BCCI refused to pay attention to the issue and instead accused the Lankans of making a big fuss about the entire matter.

"My eyes are burning; my throat is dry".

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"Air pollution also reduces the performance of the athletes".

With pollution levels particularly alarming in the past two years, doctors have raised awareness against sports events in Delhi.

Sri Lanka is going through a hard transition phase and the current administration has been blamed for the team's poor run in worldwide cricket. "It takes a serious toll on your health in the long run".

Greenpeace lobbied in October against India hosting the FIFA Under-17 World Cup, warning it posed unacceptable risks to the world's youngest soccer stars.

"The selectors had made the selection on the first (of December) but as they were unable to come to a final decision on the inclusion of certain players, the squad was delayed in being sent to me", Jayasekera was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo on Tuesday. "The match can not be cancelled though pollution is everybody's concern".

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