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IND Vs BAN, 1st T20I: Air Pollution Hijacks Pre-Match Rituals As Apocalyptic Haze Shrouds Delhi

In a rare case, the run-up to the first T20I match between India and Bangladesh has been dominated by non-cricketing matters as Delhi continues to face a dangerous level of air pollution ahead of Sunday's series opener at Arun Jaitley Stadium. Here are some photos telling a compelling story

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Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma, centre, leaves the ground, engulfed in smog, after attending net practice session ahead of their first T20 international cricket match against Bangladesh in New Delhi, India, Friday, Nov. 1, 2019.

AP Photo/Altaf Qadri

Members of Indian cricket team practice at Arun Jaitely Stadium covered in smog ahead of their first T20 cricket match in New Delhi, India, Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. An expert panel in India's capital has declared a health emergency due to air pollution choking the city, with authorities ordering schools closed until Nov. 5.

AP Photo/Altaf Qadri

Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma attempts to take a catch during a practice session ahead of their first T20 international cricket match against Bangladesh in New Delhi, India, Friday, Nov. 1, 2019.

AP Photo/Altaf Qadri

Indian cricketer Shikhar Dhawan attends fielding practice session ahead of their first T20 international cricket match against Bangladesh in New Delhi, India, Friday, Nov. 1, 2019.

AP Photo/Altaf Qadri

Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma heads for net practice ahead of their first T20 international cricket match against Bangladesh in New Delhi, India, Friday, Nov. 1, 2019.

AP Photo/Altaf Qadri

Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma watches the ball leave as he attends net practice session ahead of their first T20 international cricket match against Bangladesh in New Delhi, India, Friday, Nov. 1, 2019.

AP Photo/Altaf Qadri

Indian cricket team members attend a net practice session ahead of their first T20 international cricket match against Bangladesh in New Delhi, India, Friday, Nov. 1, 2019.

AP Photo/Altaf Qadri

Bangladesh cricket team members wear masks to protect themselves from air pollution as they practice at the nets ahead of their first T20 international cricket match against India in New Delhi, India, Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. An expert panel in India's capital has declared a health emergency due to air pollution choking the city, with authorities ordering schools closed until Nov. 5.

AP Photo/Surjeet Yadav

Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma addresses a press conference ahead of their first T20 international cricket match against Bangladesh in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019.

AP Photo/Altaf Qadri

Arun Jaitley Stadium at the Ferozeshah Kotla grounds in Delhi on the eve of the first T20I match between India and Bangladesh.

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Overhead conditions looked gloomy at the Arun Jaitley Stadium at the Ferozeshah Kotla grounds on the eve of the first T20I match between India and Bangladesh.

Qaiser Mohammad Ali/Outlook

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