'Howzat?' climate change research on cricket

University researchers are going into bat for the game of cricket as they look into the long-term impacts of climate change on the game.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have funded Cranfield University's Centre for Sports Surface Technology's 'Sustainable Cricket Project'.

It aims to improve the management of natural resources within the sport, such as water, carbon, chemicals and minerals.

Cricket, perhaps of all sports, is subject to changing weather, water shortages in 2006 and heavy flooding a year later had a huge impact on cricket clubs of all levels across the country.

National funding and facilities manager at the ECB, Bruce Cruse, said: "The recommendations and data coming from this work will form future policy and educate our sport through a rapidly changing and complex sporting environment."

Head of Cranfield's Centre for Sports Surface Technology, Dr Iain James, said: "By planning now we can help clubs to reduce the impact of any future flooding and water shortages and to help them reduce their impact on the environment."

For more information go to www.cranfield.ac.uk

Luke Walsh




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