Bangladesh decided not to hold their planned training session at the Arun Jaitley Stadium on November 3 due to the worsening air pollution in Delhi.
This decision was made as they prepare to face Sri Lanka on November 6. The air quality in Delhi has deteriorated significantly, reaching the ‘severe’ category on the air quality index.
The Bangladesh team management opted to call off their training session because some of their players experienced coughing issues when they went out in the city on November 2, which was a rest day.
Shakib Al Hasan and his team have been confirmed to be out of the semi-finals race. However, the upcoming matches are significant as they impact their chances of qualifying for the 2025 Champions Trophy.
According to Bangladesh team director Khaled Mahmud, as reported by Cricbuzz:
“Today, we had training session but the condition got bad from yesterday so we didn’t take the chance because we still have two more days for training.”
”Many (cricketers) went out yesterday and now they are having some kind of coughing so there is a risk factor involved and so we cancelled the training so that they don’t get unwell.”
“We don’t know what will the decision be and whether the weather will get better or not and if it gets better certainly it is good for us and if that is not the case we still have to adapt to it and have to train tomorrow.”
”Because we have a game on October 6th and still have two more days in our hand so we want the boys to be fully fit because these two games are very important for us.”
Bangladesh currently hold the ninth position on the points table with two remaining matches in the tournament.
Bangladesh has managed to win only one game in the 2023 World Cup
Expectations were raised for Bangladesh in the 2023 World Cup, especially because the conditions suit them. Unfortunately, their performance has been disappointing, and they’ve only managed one win against Afghanistan.
The team’s director, Khaled Mahmud, anticipates a review of their entire campaign once it’s over, with a focus on the future of their head coach, Chandika Hathurusingha. He said:
“It is too early to say (whether Hathurusingha will be there or not). The World Cup is still ongoing and Hathu is still our head coach, so it won’t send the right message to the team.”
The team has lost six consecutive games and is in danger of ending up at the bottom of the table, which could cost them a spot in the 2025 Champions Trophy. They still have matches against Sri Lanka and Australia in Delhi and Pune.