Cricket Authorities Are Requested To Introduce Heat Rules In The Game

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Cricket Authorities Are Requested To Introduce Heat Rules In The Game
Cricket Authorities Are Requested To Introduce Heat Rules In The Game

There are lots of conditions that will be looked into when the game is set to start in the cricketing grounds. It doesn’t go only with the pitch conditions but also goes with the climatic conditions. There are different climates seen across the globe like heat and humid in Asia, cold in Australia and rainy in New Zealand and England.

However, Players have to undergo these climatic conditions where it was seen that a bit of there energy is being lowered. Looking onto it, a joint report from sports researchers and environmental academics has urged the cricket authorities to introduce heat rules.

It was seen especially in the desert areas like Dubai and UAE, where even in the night games, players keep sweating during their play. Further, Climate changes have forced matches to be delayed in various kinds like water shortages in South Africa almost derailed the Indian tour to South Africa in 2018, while the rain seen in World Cup in England constantly and the matches that are abounded due to extreme heat.

“This is a wake-up call not just for cricket, but for all sport. 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,” Russell Seymour, sustainability manager at Lord’s cricket ground said.

British Association for Sustainable Sport and two universities who have made the review called for extra care for the young cricketers and also urged the kit manufacturers to develop equipment that enhances airflow, as extreme heat becomes more common. The “Hit for Six” report shows the details of how cricket-playing countries such as India and Australia are affected by extreme weather events likes droughts, heatwaves, and storms. Further, the experts argue that the games need to be rearranged or even postponed for cooler times.

“Above 35 degrees (Celsius) the body runs out of options to cool itself. For batsman and wicketkeepers even sweating has limited impact as the heavy protective cladding creates a highly humid microclimate next to their bodies Particular care must be given to young players and the grassroots of the sport where elite-level cooling facilities simply aren’t available,” Mike Tipton, professor of human and applied physiology at the University of Portsmouth and one of the authors of the report said.

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