IND vs SL 2017: Nic Pothas Reveals Oxygen Cylinders Were Arranged For the Players
In an unusual course of events, the third Test between India and Sri Lanka was halted because of the harmful pollution levels in the national capital. The match was stopped at regular intervals as the Sri Lankan players felt difficult to breathe and did not feel well. Several Sri Lankan players were unwell and vomited during the match, and the left the fielding Sri Lankan side to 10 men at one stage.
This situation presented a unique scenario in front of the ICC as the governing body does not have any provision for such instances. Many pundits have criticized the Sri Lankan fielders for using the situation as a tactic to deny Virat Kohli his first triple hundred. However, Sri Lankan head coach Nic Pothas has come to his player’s defence and has said that it was unfair on his players to field in such situation.
Pothas revealed that oxygen cylinders were arranged in the dressing room for the players as the players felt uneasy to breathe:
“It is well documented that Delhi has high level of pollution. They had got extremely high at one point, we had players coming in at one point and vomiting. There were oxygen cylinders in the dressing room. It is not normal for players to suffer in that way while playing the game. From our point of view it has to be stated that it is a very very unique case.”
Talking about the decision made by the official:
“I thought all the officials, the match referee and others handled the situation very well. When it is a new situation for everybody, it is not easy to make decisions. The captain wanted to speak to me about it; we had only ten people at one stage as there were not enough people to get on the field. The umpires were very clear where they were coming from. Their position was tough as well. There aren’t too many rules written on pollution.”
Revealing the fact that three Lankan players vomited during the day’s play:
“The bowlers obviously were struggling. Suranga (Lakmal) and Lahiru (Gamage). The match referee was in our change room when Suranga was vomiting. Doctors were in there as well. Dhananjaya de Silva was vomiting. It was tough. You rely on doctors to give you medical advice because you are not medical people.”
He also raised question over third day’s play and said:
“Angelo Mathews batted beautifully. I haven’t spoken to him still whether it was hard or easy to bat. When our guys were struggling the numbers were at 400 out of 500 in the scale. At the end of the day, now they are around 300. I presume it was easier, but I haven’t spoken to anyone as to what we are going to do. That’s in the hands of Match Referee and umpires and I am sure they will put in place some sort of precedence if that happens tomorrow again. “It is an abnormal case. Match referee and umpires will file a report. We will leave it to ICC.”
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