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“Cricket Needs To Take Climate Change Seriously” Says Ian Chappell

September 29, 2019

By Paul Homewood


h/t Grammarschoolman


There was a time when ex Aussie captain Ian Chappell seemed to have his head screwed on. Unfortunately his brains must have been scrambled by too much sun, judging by this piece he has written for ESPN:


The recent Ashes series was extremely entertaining and created a lot of excitement among cricket fans. The upcoming three-Test series between India and South Africa promises to be another hard-fought contest.

This paints a healthy picture of a format riding the crest of a popularity wave. However, closer inspection of the five-day game indicates there are some serious challenges ahead.

Two of the biggest concerns are the effect of the T20 game and climate change on the longer version…..

The effects of climate change on the game are a major concern, and the solutions rely on decisive action being taken by some annoyingly reticent politicians.

For starters, drastic increases in temperature will add to the health dangers for players. There’s nothing more frustrating than a game delayed by rain, but imagine if players are off the field because the sun burns too brightly.

That is the reality if temperatures keep rising; players will need to be protected from heat stroke or more lasting skin-cancer damage. In a litigious era, cricket boards will need to proceed with caution. It’s no wonder day-night matches are considered critical to Test cricket’s future.

Then there is the concern of rising sea levels and more ferocious weather events like devastating tornadoes and cyclones. There’s also the damaging effect of reduced rainfall, which has already seen one Test-match city – Cape Town – come perilously close to running out of water in recent years. Water is integral to the proper preparation of suitable pitches, but that, of course, will remain well down the list of priorities when compared with the life or death of citizens.

It’s hard to know where to start with such drivel! But I’ll try.

1) What on earth does the sun burning brightly have to do with climate change? And, for that matter, what has skin cancer got to with temperature?

2) If it really is getting so much hotter, then what is wrong with playing cricket earlier in the summer?

3) Rising sea levels? I’m certainly not aware of any major cricket grounds at risk of flooding from a few inches of sea level rise.

4) Cyclones? According to the BOM, Australia has seen a marked reduction in cyclone activity since the 1970s, notably severe ones:


Play stopped by tornadoes? I think not.

5) Drought? In fact rainfall in Australia has been increasing since the period prior to 1970:



6) As for Cape Town’s drought, even at its height, South Africa played a test against India there, and won:



On every single count, Ian Chappell is wrong.

  1. September 29, 2019 5:40 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate-

  2. grammarschoolman permalink
    September 29, 2019 5:44 pm

    You’re welcome, sir. A most excellent demolition job.


  3. cajwbroomhill permalink
    September 29, 2019 5:49 pm

    As they say in France, “Merde”!

  4. A C Osborn permalink
    September 29, 2019 5:49 pm

    As umpire you should raise the finger and give out CAGW before wicket, I think that you would be justified in using the middle one instead of the usual one.

  5. Dave Ward permalink
    September 29, 2019 5:57 pm

    “But imagine if players are off the field because the sun burns too brightly”

    Doesn’t seem to stop the Aussies thrashing us on a regular basis!

    “Water is integral to the proper preparation of suitable pitches, but that, of course, will remain well down the list of priorities when compared with the life or death of citizens”

    Indeed, you can add Cricket to the (long) list of everyday pursuits which will banned if the Climate Change brigade get their way. The teams won’t be able to fly around the globe to compete in matches, for a start…

    • Pancho Plail permalink
      September 29, 2019 7:02 pm

      Lack of water has never been a problem at Worcester’s cricket ground.

      • Mike Jackson permalink
        September 29, 2019 9:06 pm

        Nor to its racecourse!

    • Up2snuff permalink
      September 29, 2019 7:57 pm

      Dave W, IIRC the touring sides used to travel by boat from Australia and India before WW2. Even more polluting than flying.

      Perhaps they could borrow Greta’s friend’s boat?

  6. alsomaninthemirror permalink
    September 29, 2019 6:10 pm

    The absurdity of these type of articles, this one by Ian Chappell, is absolutely mind boggling. There are British Generals saying that the Army should “Go Green” so as to attract modern thinking recruits, and even rugby has got into the “action” of supporting this fable that is Catastrophic Climate Change. One has to suggest that the perpetrators of such fake, fraudulent news articles, write any old crap that comes ito their minds and then their cheque from the likes of Seros supported groups, arrives in the mail. Unbelievable.

    • europeanonion permalink
      September 30, 2019 10:26 am

      It may be that they have t have a compliance target, the sort of thing that you may find in any ISO or BS certification, the tiresome paper trail and procedure maze. While it is extravagant and annoying these people might be merely protecting funding and jobs. The real problem is at a higher level in international treatise and the meanderings of those like the EU.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      September 30, 2019 1:59 pm

      Apparently male troops can now wear make-up…….

  7. HotScot permalink
    September 29, 2019 6:37 pm

    A cricket player……commenting on climate change! About as credible as Greta.

    • Up2snuff permalink
      September 29, 2019 7:53 pm

      Impressive ‘spin’ (not) from Ian Chappell.

      Maybe when Greta is in her twenties, she could seek a trial for the Swedish team (if there is one)?

    • Athelstan. permalink
      September 30, 2019 9:13 am

      and that numb brain aggers turning the lunch time TMS into a PC broadcasting lessons in cultural Marxism.

      Inserting arrant political advocacy into sport the mendacious social engineers in al beeb just can’t help themselves – can they?

  8. Shoki Kaneda permalink
    September 29, 2019 6:41 pm

    But, what if you don’t take Cricket seriously?

    • Glyn Palmer permalink
      September 29, 2019 7:10 pm

      Wash your mouth out, Mr. Kaneda!

  9. deejaym permalink
    September 29, 2019 6:43 pm

    Chappell obviously had the common sense knocked out of him in 1977. The Capetown water shortage has everything to do with national & local government infighting combined with technical incompetence, not “climate change”

  10. Up2snuff permalink
    September 29, 2019 8:06 pm

    As to sunburn, am trying to remember the eras of Lillee and Warne ie. when they were. The first must have been late 70’s into the 1980s, Warne coming later in the 1990s and 2000s. The latter, IIRC, would definitely be reprimanded if playing now by people of a certain political persuasion for his ‘cultural appropriation’, because of the way he over-applied sunscreen like war paint.

  11. Nancy & John Hultquist permalink
    September 29, 2019 9:12 pm

    From his wiki entry:
    “In July 2019, Chappell announced that he had been undergoing radiotherapy for skin cancer.”

    He is also 76 years young.
    Aging and skin cancer.
    Perhaps he spends too much time watching TV.
    Along with that Boaty McBoatface guy, their views on climate, global warming, and the mechanics of the Sun can be ignored.

  12. Harry Passfield permalink
    September 29, 2019 9:52 pm

    O/T But Charles Moore has a piece in the DT about how Maggie believed in mmgw. I thought she had changed her mind on that.

  13. September 29, 2019 10:20 pm Climate change indeed! The ice is returning. A Dalton minimum is imminent. Winter is coming. Prepare!

    • dave permalink
      September 30, 2019 8:28 am

      Six months ago, the propaganda from organizations like the Royal Observatory of Belgium was still all about poo-pooing any suggestion that Solar Cycle 25 was going to be really weak. Despite the fact that their best, tried and tested method, was rather predicting the opposite. They preferred to publicize a method they had just made up.

      I laughed, and thought to myself “Why do fools persist in giving hostages to fortune? Are there no wise old heads around?”

      • dave permalink
        September 30, 2019 9:08 am

        “…rather predicting the opposite…”

        That is a muddle. I mean, the old method was and is predicting an extended period of low sunspot activity in the present trough, while the new method was predicting an immediate and vigorous return of spots, and that Cycle 25 would therefore equal Cycle 24.

        The wild bends in the jet-stream over North America seem to have something to do with the record snow storm which is developing in the North West, there.

        British MSM ramping up the excitement about Hurricane Lorenzo. Will it get here? Short answer, No.

        Anything which simply thrashes around in the middle of the Atlantic, is of no use to the propaganda machine.

  14. Mack permalink
    September 29, 2019 10:45 pm

    Cricket affected by weather, who knew? Next!

  15. MrGrimNasty permalink
    September 29, 2019 11:13 pm

    CountryFile was a bundle of laughs today – long dreary segment on the supposed cesspit of right wing extremism in the countryside with some ‘expert on radicalization’ spouting pseudo-psychobabble explaining why simple country folk are easy meat for the far-right recruiters.

    It made their usual articles on ‘not enough diversity among fell walkers’ etc. look positively sane. And of course one MAN and his dog is now offensive, and no doubt this was the last year we shall hear that title.

    Why does the BBC keep CountryFile going? To be anti/rubbish/negative about everything that happens in the countryside and all the values/activities there that the BBC clearly detests. To promote and given platforms to extremist vegan/animal rights views/organisations as though they were valid/normal. And of course, to feed the public relentless climate change BS.

    The problem is that CountryFile is no longer a simple relaxing enjoyable program for farmers and people that like wildlife and the countryside.

    • September 30, 2019 6:21 am

      It’s just the same with ‘Farming Today’, which has gone all anti-Brexit and full-on climate change propaganda. It should be renamed ‘Environment Today’.

  16. September 30, 2019 6:26 am

    Ian Chappell seems to have forgotten to mention the other impact of climate change on cricket. Who can forget the day in June 1975 at Buxton when snow stopped play and reached the top of umpire Dickie Bird’s boots?

  17. Ben Vorlich permalink
    September 30, 2019 8:25 am

    I you can’t play in the hottest part of the day then 6 day tests with 3 hour lunch breaks. 20-20 and earlier starts

  18. September 30, 2019 9:03 am

    Then there is the concern of rising sea levels

    Just put some life jackets round the boundary.

  19. Athelstan. permalink
    September 30, 2019 9:18 am

    no balls?

  20. Tim Spence permalink
    September 30, 2019 10:12 am

    I remember a test match when it was so hot the bails stuck to the stumps and when the ball hit the stumps, the bails refused to fly off. The heat had melted the varnish which turned into a hard glue. Non flying bails are now more common but not from melting varnish but a change in design.

    • Teaef permalink
      September 30, 2019 10:46 am

      where was that?

      • Tim Spence permalink
        September 30, 2019 11:37 am

        I can’t find anything on it although I remember seeing it.

        I found an old instance from 1931 which said they stopped using varnish after that, I’ve a feeling that what I saw was sap resin that had formed the glue. I believe it to be around 1990 in Australia and Shane was the bowler.

        I also found this … ‘Mushtaq Ahmed bowled to Pat sympcox and the ball went through the stumps without disturbing much the furniture ! (Faislabad in 1997-98), However, the heat had fused together the bails, and they did not fall. The middle stump bounced back into place and Symcox continued on his way to 81 – his second highest test score!

  21. john cooknell permalink
    September 30, 2019 11:03 am

    According to the UN Environment Committee (Ozone Secretariat) it is the man made depletion of Ozone that causes dangerous sunburn, and according to them Ozone levels will not return to “normal” till 2070.

    So I think we had better get the cricketers out of the Sun till then!

  22. Graeme No.3 permalink
    September 30, 2019 11:46 am

    I haven’t regarded Ian Chappell as a great thinker for over 50 years, when I went to school with him. Greg is another matter but there seem other problems there.

    • Athelstan. permalink
      September 30, 2019 1:04 pm

      Greg could bat and bowl a bit but Ian was the specialist batter and indeed wasn’t there another Chappell sibling?

  23. Teaef permalink
    September 30, 2019 11:53 am

    I have played cricket in England for over 50 years. Utter codswallop.
    What extreme weather? Not seen any upward trend in that time.

  24. tom0mason permalink
    September 30, 2019 12:09 pm

    Thank you Ian Greta Chappell.

    • Athelstan. permalink
      September 30, 2019 1:05 pm

      have a 1000 upticks!

  25. J Burns permalink
    September 30, 2019 12:18 pm

    “judging by this piece he has written for ESPN”
    I’d be surprised if he’d even seen it. More likely he lent his name to some NGO/charity suckling at the teat of the green blob – it reeks of press release, and fits too neatly into the current tone of boilerplate alarmist propaganda.

  26. September 30, 2019 12:39 pm

    This has been almost as enjoyable as the replies to the article about the UEA students advocating that people pee in the morning shower in order to save water. I say “almost” but not quite as the UEA one set impossible standards to surmount.

  27. C Lynch permalink
    September 30, 2019 12:55 pm

    Being wrong doesn’t matter a jot when you’re virtue signalling.

  28. MrGrimNasty permalink
    September 30, 2019 1:57 pm

    The crazy lying b’tards at the BBC have just reused the Ganges Delta trick for the Mekong Delta on the national lunchtime news.

    A version of the video below just aired, the video caption is ‘I lost my house to climate change’, and on the news the BBC reporter stated emphatically ‘This man lost his house because of climate change’. It was actually due to erosion, climate change, if it had any input at all, was insignificant.

    It takes 1 minute on Google to find the overwhelming truth over and over – but the BBC cannot manage to ‘fact check’ itself on such an outrageously dishonest claim?

    etc. etc.

  29. Gerry, England permalink
    September 30, 2019 2:05 pm

    I think many of the spectators were worried about freezing to death at the beginning of the Old Trafford test match.

  30. Michael Burgess permalink
    September 30, 2019 3:43 pm

    Remove his bails

  31. Phoenix44 permalink
    September 30, 2019 5:15 pm

    Didn’t we have a piece last year about how wet weather was going to stop cricket in England? Some nonsense about days lost to rain.

    It really has become just a regurgitation of half-digested nonsense.

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