The Lankans stopped the game several time post lunch complaining the poor air quality.
Sri Lanka later ended the second day's play at 3/131 in reply to India's 7/536 (d) with Angelo Mathews and captain Dinesh Chandimal at the crease. Before Shastri, Sri Lankan team manager Asanka Gurusinha also consulted with umpires.
The first-ever incident of this kind in the sports 140- year-old history saw an global team resort to anti- pollution masks while fielding and then refusing to continue.
India skipper Virat Kohli, who was dismissed for 243 after the action resumed, was forced to declare as some of the visiting team's substitute fielders too refused to take the field. Pollution is worsening everyday.
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"Besides, I, in my capacity as an MP, had called a round table on the subject of pollution earlier this year and after deliberations, had sent a letter to the environment minister to take concrete action or allocate budget for taking steps for addressing the issue", he said and alleged that "the government has not taken any action on it". "I will need to talk to the secretary and ask him to write to Sri Lanka Cricket".
The visitors on Sunday wore face masks to combat smog pollution amid disruption in the third Test against India. We are focused on what we need to do. "The conditions are the same for both teams and we are not too bothered about it", Arun said.
Sri Lankan coach Nic Pothas reported that the fast bowlers in particular were struggling, players were coming into the dressing room and vomiting. But as soon as they were handed mask following the lunch, the 6 to 7 players were seen wearing masks on the field. The city government issued a health advisory, urging people to avoid smoking and go in for carpooling, among other things, to combat the situation.
"We are here to play cricket... there was not a case of us wanting to stop".