Fireworks at Wankhede Stadium: IND vs SL ODI World Cup 2023 Showdown
The cricketing world is abuzz as the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai gets ready to host a crucial match between India and Sri Lanka in the ODI World Cup 2023 on November 2. With Rohit Sharma leading the Indian team, a victory in this game will secure India’s spot in the World Cup semi-finals. However, there’s a unique twist to this contest that has fans and experts talking.
No Fireworks at Wankhede
Even if team India emerges victorious against Sri Lanka, the Wankhede Stadium will not witness any fireworks. Neither will the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi during upcoming matches. This surprising decision comes from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), and it’s all due to the poor air quality in both cities.
Both Mumbai and Delhi have been grappling with deteriorating air quality, as indicated by the Air Quality Index (AQI). In light of this environmental concern, the BCCI has made a significant decision.
The BCCI’s Big Decision
Taking into account the air pollution crisis in Mumbai and Delhi, the BCCI Secretary Jay Shah stated, “While we want to celebrate the ICC World Cup in grand style, we are equally committed to the well-being and safety of the people. Considering the alarming levels of pollution in both cities, we have raised this issue with the ICC. It has been decided that there will be no fireworks during matches held in Mumbai and Delhi. The board always prioritizes the welfare of its fans and stakeholders in environmental matters.”
High Court Takes Notice
The Bombay High Court, on Tuesday, took cognizance of the worsening air quality and rising air pollution concerns in Mumbai and its suburbs. Chief Justice Devendra Kumar Upadhyaya and Justice Arif Doctor referred to several news reports highlighting the rapid decline in AQI levels in the metropolis. On Tuesday, Mumbai’s AQI stood at 172, while it reached a dangerous 260 at the Bandra-Kurla Complex. Delhi has also been witnessing a consistent increase in AQI levels.
In conclusion, while cricket fans eagerly await the showdown between India and Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium, they will have to do without the traditional fireworks due to the environmental concerns. The BCCI’s decision reflects its commitment to the health and safety of cricket enthusiasts, a move that has found support in the face of growing environmental challenges.