Climate Change has had a significant effect on cricket games played in England

Climate Change has had a significant effect on cricket games played in England

The weather issues in the country will force the issue to move matches elsewhere in the country.

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England players pose for a team photo after winning the series. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

A recent study revealed that climate change has been affecting sports in Britain. A nation known for laying down the rules for cricket has been experiencing various issues regarding climate change. The season in England this decade has been even wetter as compared to the previous years.

It’s not only cricket, even golf and football have been affected poorly by the downpours. This has often affected the pitches and resulted in games being delayed or abandoned. The same was observed in the initial stages of the Champions Trophy held in England last year. Even the India vs Pakistan league game saw various rain interruptions.

ECB admits suffering from less predictable weather

The England and Wales Cricket Board had earlier admitted that the weather had been bothering for them. With the climate being quite unpredictable, they weren’t sure of the arrangements to be made. In fact, 27% of England’s home games since 2000 have been played with overs being cut down as a result of rains.

A professor at the University of Leeds spoke about climate change. Piers Forster remarked that the main problem is that six of the seven wettest years on record in Britain have been since 2000. This was indeed a significant indicator of climate change.

“Britain is particularly susceptible to storms coming in from the North Atlantic. Rain, extreme weather and erosion meant “canceled football matches, flooded cricket grounds, and golf courses crumbling into the sea,” he was quoted as saying to Reuters.

With the upcoming Cricket World Cup in 2019 scheduled to take place in England and Wales, things don’t seem good for the English Cricket Board. With the unforeseeable weather, the International Cricket Council would be taking special care regarding having reserve days. This will ensure that important fixtures aren’t affected due to uncertainty in the climate.