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A day after Team India showed solidarity in ignoring visiting Sri Lankan players' concerns over the high pollution levels around Ferozeshah Kotla on Sunday, Indian speedster Mohammed Shami agreed that "pollution is a problem" on Monday.

The BCCI today said scheduling of matches in pollution-mired Delhi will be "considered" in future after Sri Lanka's cricket team complained of poor air quality during the ongoing third Test against India here.

"This match should not have taken place in the first place". As I said, I won't hide that there is pollution in Delhi. "It takes a serious toll on your health in the long run". "The more we bowl, the more we improve", Shami added. May be there is less pollution in Sri Lanka.

These tiny particles - a fraction the size of human hair - lodge deep in the lungs and are linked to higher rates of chronic bronchitis, lung cancer and heart disease.

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

As per pollution forecast by SAFAR, the air quality will remain "Very Poor" for the next three days.

Doctors and public health campaigners have escalated their fight against sports events in Delhi in recent years.

According to the Hindustan Times, doctors launched a legal challenge in an unsuccessful attempt to prevent the race from going ahead.

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.

"Others should also think about athletes health first", tweeted tournament director Javier Ceppi after images of Sri Lankan cricketers wearing face masks went around the globe.

Indian sports commentator Ayaz Memon said the dramatic scenes sent an "unedifying message about Delhi's pollution" and urged authorities to combat the scourge. Of course there is pollution, but during the winters as there is a lot of smog, so whatever the situation is, we need to adjust accordingly.

The NGT directed the Delhi Government to file its action plan within 48 hours.

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