The BCCI has raised the issue with the ICC and opted to discontinue the use of fireworks at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi and the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Fireworks, light displays, and sound shows have traditionally been a common feature during World Cup 2023 matches at all Indian venues, enhancing the spectator experience and creating a festive ambiance. The enthusiasm reaches its peak during India matches, creating a spectacular spectacle. However, a shift is in the works for the forthcoming World Cup games in Delhi and Mumbai. Due to escalating pollution levels, the BCCI has chosen to eliminate fireworks in both cities. BCCI Secretary Jay Shah mentioned that he engaged with the ICC on this matter and decided to discontinue the use of fireworks at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi and the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Wankhede is set to host three more World Cup matches. India will square off against South Africa on Thursday, while Afghanistan will go head-to-head with Australia on November 7. The first semi-final is slated for November 15. India is expected to play their semi-final match in Mumbai (if they qualify), unless it’s against Pakistan, in which case it will be held at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
Conversely, the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi will be the venue for the Bangladesh vs. Sri Lanka match on November 6.
Earlier, India’s captain, Rohit Sharma, had shared an Instagram story highlighting the poor air quality in Mumbai.
Mumbai’s weather has been a cause for concern over the past couple of weeks. According to the CPCB, the Air Quality Index (AQI) in Mumbai was at 161 on Tuesday morning, falling into the ‘moderate’ category. On Monday morning, the AQI was 143, while it stood at 152 on Sunday.