Umpires Allowed to Take Players Off in Case of Extreme Heat

Umpires Allowed to Take Players Off in Case of Extreme Heat

England's Joe Root (C) walks off at the lunch break on the final day of the fifth Ashes cricket Test match against Australia at the SCG in Sydney on January 8, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE -- (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

Cricket is an outdoor game, and no other game is affected more the external factors than cricket, be it rain, bad light or scorching conditions. And the recent incidence of Joe Root getting dehydrated in the final Ashes Test in Sydney because of the scorching heat had raised a question over the player’s safety, and after a recent meeting, the MCC has decided that the umpires can take the players off the field in extreme heat conditions.

Joe Root
England batsman Joe Root takes a break before retiring ill on the final day of the fifth Ashes cricket Test match against Australia at the SCG in Sydney on January 8, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST / — IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE — (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

Root fell ill from gastroenteritis but the grueling heat the day before added more to his problems.  Even grade cricket in Sydney was suspended at the weekend because of the heat, but in Test cricket, there are no guidelines for suspending play in such a situation.

Joe Root
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 08: Joe Root of England feeling unwell at the crease during day five of the Fifth Test match in the 2017/18 Ashes Series between Australia and England at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 8, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)

However, the match referee did allow to take extra drinks in the afternoon session to help players rehydrate. Cricket Australia has an extreme heat guideline in place using an index to measure discomfort levels. The index takes into account temperature, humidity, wind, sun angle and cloud cover.

“Such an index could be used by other boards, including the ICC, to protect players, officials and fans in extreme temperatures,” said the MCC committee in a statement.

Umpires Allowed to Take Players Off in Case of Extreme Heat
England’s Joe Root (C) walks off at the lunch break on the final day of the fifth Ashes cricket Test match against Australia at the SCG in Sydney on January 8, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST / — IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE — (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

The committee allowed full use of substitutes in the case of concussion injuries and for stem guards on helmets to be mandatory in professional cricket.

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Prabhangad Singh

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