Below are the guidelines from the ECB to help players deal with the hot weather (an unusual event during a normal cricket season).
Subject: KEEPING SUN SAFE DURING HOT WEATHER - GUIDELINES
With the current spell of very hot weather set to continue for the next week, a quick reminder on how to keep players and spectators safe whilst playing and watching cricket.
Sun protection guidelines for those participating, spectating, or working in sport or outdoor recreation. The following specific tips and advice have been developed with the help of the England & Wales Cricket Board.
- Apply a broad-spectrum product with an SPF 30 or higher, paying special attention to your ears and nose, as well as other exposed areas prone to burning.
- Using a sunscreen applicator, stick, or cleaning palms with a small towel and alcohol gel, is a good way to avoid a greasy grip whilst playing.
- Once applied to the skin, reapply sunscreen every 2 hours, or more often if you are prone to excessive sweating, or playing hard!
- Remember to wear a cap, and when fielding a brimmed hat which offers greater protection.
- After the batting helmet comes off, remember to reapply sunscreen (it will be wiped off) and top off with a wide-brim hat.
- Fielding but the sun is in your eye? Wear wraparound sunglasses keep your eyes safe from all angles.
- Wear light clothing that protects arms and legs. Consider flipping the collar up on tops for added protection, and using sun sleeves which provide flexibility when pitching and bowling.
- The sun is strongest between 11am and 3pm so, if possible, look to play/train outside of these hours, particularly on clear, sunny days.
- Get into the habit of applying sunscreen before you start outdoor activity.
- Whilst spectating or waiting for play do so in a shaded area, out of direct sunlight.
- Consider setting up gazebos to protect your team if there is no natural shade available.
This is good advise to follow, but remember to also drink plenty of water during the day to keep up your hydration levels.