Due to increasing air pollution in Delhi and Mumbai, the BCCI has chosen not to allow fireworks during the rest of the Cricket World Cup 2023 matches in Delhi and Mumbai.
This decision comes as a response to the deteriorating air quality in these cities. With air pollution levels already high, the BCCI secretary, Jay Shah, made the announcement to prohibit fireworks for the rest of the tournament.
“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 interest of our fans and stakeholders at the forefront”: Jay Shah was quoted as saying by ANI.
The BCCI decided not to permit fireworks during the current Cricket World Cup 2023
Shah stated that the BCCI aims to support the authorities in their fight against air pollution and, as a result, has opted to prohibit the use of fireworks during World Cup matches.
“I took up the matter formally with the ICC and there won’t be any fireworks display in Mumbai and Delhi, which can add to the pollution level. The Board is committed to combating environmental issues and will always place the interest of our fans and stakeholders at the forefront,” he told Indian Express.
“The BCCI acknowledges the urgent concern surrounding air quality in both Mumbai and New Delhi. While we strive to host the ICC World Cup in a manner befitting the celebration of cricket, we remain steadfast in our commitment to prioritising the health and safety of all our stakeholders,” he further said.
Regarding the World Cup schedule, India will face South Africa at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on Thursday. In Delhi, Bangladesh is scheduled to compete against Sri Lanka next Monday.