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November 1, 2023 1:35 PM IST

No fireworks display in Mumbai’s Wankhede due to pollution concern, says BCCI Secretary Jay Shah

Leading up to India’s World Cup clash against Sri Lanka in Mumbai on Thursday, BCCI Secretary Jay Shah made it clear that there won’t be any fireworks display in the Wanhkede Stadium.

In an official statement, Shah emphasized the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s dedication to environmental issues. This led them to engage with the ICC and jointly agree not to include fireworks at Wankhede Stadium as a precautionary measure to curb pollution.

“BCCI is sensitive to environmental concerns. I took up the matter formally with the ICC, and there won’t be any fireworks display in Mumbai, which can add to the pollution level. The Board is committed to combating environmental issues and will always place the interests of our fans and stakeholders at the forefront,” Jay Shah said.

He further stated that BCCI acknowledged the urgent concern surrounding air quality in both Mumbai and New Delhi.

“The BCCI acknowledges the urgent concern surrounding air quality in both Mumbai and New Delhi. As we strive to host the ICC World Cup in a manner befitting the celebration of cricket, we remain steadfast in our commitment to prioritizing the health and safety of all our stakeholders,” he concluded.

Mumbai is currently grappling with severe air pollution, prompting local authorities to make significant efforts to improve air quality.

Earlier, Indian captain Rohit Sharma had shared an aerial picture of Mumbai taken from a flight, expressing his concern for the city that has been enveloped in pollution.

As of now, India is sitting at the top of the World Cup table, remaining the only unbeaten team with six victories out of six games. On November 2, they will be up against Sri Lanka, who currently hold the 7th position in the points table.

A win against the island nation will guarantee India a spot in the semifinals.

(Inputs from ANI)

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