By Paul Homewood
h/t Ian Magness
Heaven help us all!!
England captain Joe Root says it is "scary" to think that cricket may not be played outdoors in certain parts of the world in 30 years’ time because of the impact of climate change.
Cricket already takes place in some of the hottest parts of the globe, but that could soon become impossible.
Root says everyone needs to play a part in protecting the environment in order to preserve the sport as we know it.
"It’s quite stark and something needs to be done," he told BBC Sport.
"It is scary to think the game as it is right now may not be the case in 30 years’ time.
"I’m sure we will have to evolve and develop as a sport and as players as well."
Root, 30, knows all too well the impact that playing in extreme temperatures can have on the human body. The batsman was taken to hospital to be treated for severe dehydration after batting in sweltering heat during the fifth Ashes Test against Australia in Sydney in 2018.
Temperatures reached 47.3C in Sydney that day, the hottest day in the city for 79 years, with temperatures out in the middle at the Sydney Cricket Ground estimated to have been even higher.
Come on Joe, do you really believe that crap? I thought you were actually quite intelligent.
If it really gets several degrees hotter in the next thirty years, which it certainly won’t, it’s hardly beyond the wit of cricket organisers to shift games to cooler times of the year.
The Australians play test cricket in December and January not because it is cool but because those are the hottest months of the year. If heat really did become a problem, they could simply shift matches into November or February:
In any event, there is little trend in maximum temperature highs, for instance at Sydney. Even that Sydney heatwave in 2019 was not as hot as in 1939.
In India, as another example, they already play test cricket in the winter months, partly because of the heat but principally because the monsoon would stop play in summer! In New Delhi, for instance, average daily maximum temperatures in December are only 25C, and the record high is just 32C. Nothing that will inconvenience players.
Further south in Sri Lanka, the same applies. Temperatures get slightly higher than Delhi in winter, but the biggest problem is humidity.
Finally, across in the West Indies, test cricket can be played all year round, thanks to the balmy climate there, moderated as it by the sea. In Jamaica, for instance, temperatures rarely get above the low 30s, even in mid summer.
It is also perfectly possible to play day/night tests, avoiding the heat of midday.
Joe Root must know all of this, so why is he making an idiot of himself? One can only assume he has been put up to it.
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May 19, 2021 at 10:48AM