The Bangladesh team had arrived in Delhi on Wednesday for their World Cup match against Sri Lanka on November 6. They had initially scheduled three training sessions at Arun Jaitley Stadium, with the first of those between 6pm and 9pm on Friday.
However, an air emergency was declared in Delhi on Thursday, as the air quality index rose above 400 in several places in the city, forcing the government to close schools for two days and impose restrictions on construction and vehicle traffic.
“We actually had a training session today, but due to worsening conditions, we didn’t take the chance,” Mahmud said on Friday. “We have two more training days. Some of us developed coughing, so there’s a risk factor. We don’t want to get sick. We don’t know if things will improve, but we have training tomorrow. We want all the players to be fit for the important game coming up on November 6.”
Bangladesh’s training session on Saturday is also in the evening, while on Sunday they are scheduled to train from 2pm.