Cricket is a sport that is already witnessing and suffering from the direct impact of a changing climate. Many Test nations are in parts of the world particularly at risk from the impact of global temperature rises, including Pakistan, India, West Indies and Sri Lanka. And elsewhere, droughts, wildfires and flooding have led to cricket matches at all levels being cancelled or postponed – in South Africa, Australia and England, respectively.
At home in the UK, which may seem further removed from the direct impact of climate change, flooding has caused long-term damage to grassroots cricket clubs and led to many abandoned games. A 2017 report, which named cricket as the pitch sport most vulnerable to climate impacts, found that over 25% of England’s home one-day internationals since 2000 had been cut short because of rain.
So, with the sport already experiencing the direct effects of a changing climate, what role can cricket – and sport more widely – play in reducing carbon emissions?