spin | ‘Extreme heat could be fatal:’ How cricket is tackling the climate crisis

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A severe heat wave is over South Asia, quick kill And without precedent. March has been the warmest in India since records began 122 years ago. In Delhi, the temperature is expected to cross 44C this week; The mercury has been touching 50C in the Balochistan region of Pakistan for some time now. Crops are getting damaged and the demand for electricity is increasing, causing power shortage. Uncontrollable fires, including at landfill sites on the outskirts of Delhi, are increasing, adding to the toxic air.

The Indian Premier League continues regardless. Last week, Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Faf du Plessis spoke about the challenges of playing in such debilitating conditions. “I take a lot of fluids before the game,” he said. “We practiced today and it was very hot. It’s good to accustom your body to what you’re going to get in relation to the conditions. But at the same time, it’s very important to try to manage the intensity on this day. When It gets very hot, as it is at the moment, so you have to make sure you save as much as you can.”

“For example, when you are batting,” agreed RCB bowler Harshal Patel, “when there is a definite two, you try and take a two, but when there is no definite two , so just try to save some energy.”

The 2019 Hit for Six report examined the physical and psychological risks cricketers face ranging from heatstroke to heatstroke to impaired decision-making. This points to particular dangers to athletes of high wet-bulb temperatures, which measure how well humans cool off by sweating when it is hot and humid. Wet-bulb globe temperature (WBGT) exceeds 35C fatally – last week it reached 29C in cities of West Bengal and Odisha. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that extreme caution be exercised with any continuous exercise with a WBGT of 23C and above.

Among other things, Hit for Six suggested that countries come up with heat regulations, heat-resistant clothing, and remind governing bodies that they have a duty to care for children who are less able to regulate their own body temperatures. And none of the IPL’s resources have teams properly prepared with physios to keep players properly hydrated and cool to their core temperatures with ice towels handed over to them at the boundary.

‘Manage the intensity,’ says Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Faf du Plessis. Photo: RCB

Disha Shetty, a science journalist based in South Asia and a reporter for The Fuller Project, sees a real lack of engagement with the dangers of climate change. “We are having some conversations about why our school students are dropping out that summer, but that requires a lot of engagement on the public health side as well as decision-makers in various fields, including sports administrators . Extreme heat, along with dehydration, can be fatal.

“I think our tendency in developing countries has been to not invest much in public health but the climate crisis is a public health crisis. Although it is understood in climate circles and public health circles, it is not widely accepted outside of it. We have to have a bigger conversation about how we manage sporting facilities given both the high air pollution levels in South Asia and the scorching heat now. At the moment we just live with it but there are some things we won’t be able to live with and heatwave will be one of them. ,

In late April the Indian PFA wrote to the Indian Football Association asking them to reschedule matches starting at 3 pm in the state of West Bengal, where the temperature was around 40 °C: “Health Ministry notification It has been said in the statement that people should stay indoors. During this summer … it is sad and unfortunate that the Federation and the league organizers of the country are not concerned with the health hazards of professional footballers playing in these extreme conditions.

In India, however, it is cricketers, not football players, who have enough voice to reach out to the government – like Marcus Rashford was able to get free school meals in the UK. For Shetty, the sound of cricket can be instrumental in driving both action and understanding.

“Cricketers in India have a huge following, a lot of followers, and it would help a lot if they talked more about climate and environmental issues. I also wonder how sports will be sustainable in this changing environment. Cricket A low-cost way of entertainment and enjoyment but played out in the open and in a hotter world is going to be increasingly problematic.”

Pakistan’s Climate Minister Sherry Rehman told The Guardian Pakistan was facing an “existential crisis” – one that links it with India and other countries in the global south facing a climate emergency disproportionate to their historical emissions and will do.

“I see a distinct difference in the way the Indian media and the Western media cover this heat wave,” says Shetty. “In the Western media, questions are focused on what Indian and Pakistani leaders should do, while in the Indian media we are talking a lot about equity and how the rest of the world has to reduce their carbon emissions.

“We’re talking about what historically high carbon emitters are going to do to help those without that footprint — a conversation I don’t see in a lot of Western publications. References to climate change In the U.S., the solutions are going to be global and not just something that the developing world has to grapple with. Global climate emissions will have to be reduced, not just in India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh.

This idea was touched upon in the Hit for Six report, when it suggested that the ICC set up a global climate fund specifically to help countries affected by the climate crisis. Even after three years have passed, no known progress has been made.

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