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Strike for six: Climate change threatens Indian cricket

Mixing climate science using warmth structure, the first-of-its-kind study on the international effects of climate change on cricket demonstrates just how batsmen and wicket-keepers are becoming more and more vulnerable to more mediocre performances.

Mike Tipton of the University of Portsmouth and the report’s co-author, states: “It is the extremes of temperature which pose the issues for cricket, especially when coupled with elevated levels of humidity which also seem to be rising”.

“Heating and humidity are not new to India, however for every degree the temperature climbs, the tougher it’s for the human body to modulate. In the event the intense hot phases are lasting more, there are concerns as to if we’ll observe unplayable areas of the year, especially towards the end of May.”

The reports cite recent cases in Indian places when intense heat influenced play and presence, in addition to issues of water usage during drought conditions. There’s been a spike in recent decades of hot temperatures days’ at New Delhi, Chennai and Jaipur.

The Indian national cricket leagues operate between August and May. It becomes especially hot near the end of the season.

From extremes of rain, lack of rain or warmth, the effects of climate change in India’s most loved sport is set to rise, the report states.

Tipton adds: “Above 35°C the human body runs out of choices to cool itself and also to get batsman and wicket-keepers even perspiration has limited impact because the thick protective cladding makes an extremely humid micro-climate beside their bodies”.

“It is not the normal temperature growth that climate change is attracting that’s worrying, but the extremes of warmth together with higher humidity. Particular care has to be given to young players as well as the grassroots of the game where elite-level cooling centres only are not offered.”

“The planet is warming, but not only significance some areas like cricket playing countries India and Australia are visiting that the germ maximums are reaching considerably higher than the typical.”

The MCC’s World Cricket Committee which includes Saurav Ganguly because its members must been briefed about the report’s findings before the next Ashes Test at Lord’s in August.

Its recommendations vary from the demand for cricketing government to follow the example of Cricket Australia in presenting particular heat rules to handling the political threat of cricket grounds competing for water in drought conditions.

Cricket equipment manufacturers ought to be creating helmets, pads and gloves which improve air-flow. The report also requires additional care about youth players that by nature of the physiology are more prone to intense heat.