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Cricket will be among sports hardest hit by climate change: Report

Cricket will be among sports hardest hit by climate change: Report
A new report from sports researchers and environmental academics is a warning bell for the custodians of the game.

Cricket is a sport that has always at the mercy of the weather. Slight change in weather can have massive impact on game. From the searing heat of Asia to the cool and windy conditions in the United Kingdom, cricketers have to endure it all.

“Hit for Six”, a report released by the British Association for Sustainable Sport lists cricket as the sport that will be hardest hit by climate change. The study conducted by sports researchers and environmental academics urges cricket authorities to introduce “heat rules” including postponing games in response to climate change.

The report says that extra care should be taken for youngsters and budding cricketers, and also calls for manufacturers to develop equipment that enhances airflow since extreme heat becomes more common.

The “Hit for Six” report also shows how cricket-playing countries such as India and Australia are already being severely impacted by extreme weather events such as droughts, heatwaves and storms.

The study notes how games in Australia have faced problems due to heat, while dire water shortages have hit a tour of South Africa

Going further it reveals how the changing climate is affecting batsmen and wicketkeepers, both increasingly susceptible to poorer performances due to the conditions.

The authors also argue “safety-related heat stress guidelines” are now needed, and that more games may need to be postponed or rearranged to cooler times of the day.

The report has cited recent example ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup (2019), which was officially the wettest tournament of all time. It was the first real exhibition of the effects of climate change on cricket’s ecosystem (and economy).