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Wisden 2017 Cricketers' Almanack highlights the pressures of climate change on cricket

Responding to the publication of the Wisden 2017 Cricketers' Almanack which highlights the pressures of climate change on cricket, Gareth Redmond-King, Head of Energy and Climate at WWF said:

“This most quintessentially British of games is  under threat from our rapidly changing climate. Increased rainfall is causing significant loss of fixtures in recreational cricket and is even having an impact on the professional game. Pitches are being flooded, games rained off and teams are unable to play. The sound of leather on willow in the summer months is being disrupted by the sound of heavier and heavier rain on the pavilion.

“Whilst many would scoff that the UK's summer weather is traditionally temperamental, the fact is that climate change is causing more extreme weather, and making it more common. That means disruption associated with extreme weather becomes more and more usual -  knocking out games, hurting clubs and affecting spectators. We must act now before rain stops play. We need to see the long-overdue plan from the UK Government on how we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions into the next decade.  This ‘clean growth plan’ needs to be ambitious if we are to meet our crucial climate obligations and save the future of cricket.”

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Notes to editors

  • Recent storms and flooding caused more than £3.5 million worth of damage across 57 cricket clubs
  • Two of the affected clubs, Sowerby Bridge in Yorkshire and Appleby Eden in Cumbria, are yet to return to their home grounds due to the extent of the damage suffered in 2015.
  • The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) distributed more than £1 million in emergency funding to flood-affected clubs in 2016, with a further £1.6 million earmarked for 2017