Friday, August 19, 2022

Experts urge cricket authorities to introduce ‘heat rules’ in response to climate change


Generally, many cricket games washout due to climate change. It’s not good for sports if any game doesn’t get a result due to Climate change. Now for the big Cricket matches, ICC comes up with the reserve day to get a result.

“This is a wake-up call not just for cricket, but for all sport,” said Russell Seymour, sustainability manager at Lord’s cricket ground in London — the spiritual home of the game — who wrote the foreword to the report.

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“Sportspeople are not by nature bystanders, and we can and must react to avoid the crises approaching us.

“For every player suffering, there are many more fans having to work and go about their daily lives in these increasingly harsh conditions,” he added.

The “Hit for six” report details how cricket-playing countries such as India and Australia are already being severely impacted by extreme weather events such as droughts, heatwaves and storms that experts say are being made more common by climate change.

“Above 35 degrees (Celsius) the body runs out of options to cool itself,” said Mike Tipton, professor of human and applied physiology at the University of Portsmouth and one of the report’s authors.

“For batsman and wicket-keepers even sweating has limited impact as the heavy protective cladding creates a highly humid microclimate next to their bodies.”

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“Particular care must be given to young players and the grassroots of the sport where elite-level cooling facilities simply aren’t available,” he added.

Its becomes difficult for the players to come out and play the game. Also for the fans, it’s challenging to come out to watch a match in the stadium in the heat condition.



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