Where there is extreme heat during play, the safety of the player is paramount. Extra Drinks breaks should be taken as a precaution and bowling overs per player should be reduced.
Symptoms of heat injury or heat stroke
Cricket is a summer sport and as such it is inevitable that at times, matches will be scheduled for play
during extreme heat conditions.
All captains, officials, team managers, coaches and umpires owe a duty of care to players and officials and
should take all reasonable steps to minimise foreseeable risks which may result in injury or damage.
High intensity exercise in a hot environment can lead to: dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Heat stroke is a potentially fatal condition and must be treated immediately by a medical professional.
It is important to be aware and react quickly to the following symptoms of heat injury or heat stroke:
These symptoms indicate players should stop playing, drink more fluids and cool down. Seek medical
treatment if these symptoms don’t improve rapidly.
Also remember to keep an eye on other players or officials who may not realise they are suffering from
dehydration or heat stress.
Timing of matches and training
Where possible, avoid scheduling training and matches during the hottest part of the day (usually
between 11am and 3pm.
Early morning or night games minimise the likelihood of unacceptable playing conditions
The Cricket Australia Policy refers to the following guidelines regarding hydration practices for matches
held during hot weather.
Additional considerations in regard to hydration
Player rest and rotation
It is essential that everyone is made aware of the importance of: