The levels were lower closer to the SCG with nearby Randwick registering an air quality index rating of 100, which is considered “unhealthy for sensitive groups”.
The SCG resembled Delhi earlier this month on the last day of the Sheffield Shield match between NSW and Queensland when captains were told the air quality rating reached an “unhealthy” reading of 170.
Under the guidelines for International Cricket Council match officials, they can consider delaying or suspending play if the air quality index rating nears 300 – so it would take a dramatic escalation for a match to be interrupted.
They are to be “vigilant” in monitoring “players with higher levels of exertion and extended or repeated exposure to poor air quality” when the air pollution levels reach the “very unhealthy” range.
“Cricket Australia, alongside relevant state cricket associations and BBL Clubs, is closely monitoring the air quality and visibility in areas impacted by bushfires,” CA said in a statement.
“In line with International Cricket Council, Australian Institute of Sport and relevant Government guidelines, we are maintaining vigilance on the ever-changing air quality in locations where games are impacted by poor air quality.
“As the safety of players, fans and staff is our number one priority, the guidelines state what needs to be measured and looked for. We will constantly monitor the situation and be prepared on the ground in the case of any circumstance, as we know conditions change very quickly in these scenarios.
“At BBL games played in areas impacted by bushfires, a discussion and assessment about air quality will be added to the pre-match medical briefing hosted onsite 60 minutes prior to the scheduled match time.”