In a historic move, the International Cricket Council and Commonwealth Games Federation confirmed the inclusion women’s T20 cricket at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Eight international teams are scheduled to compete in the 2022 Commonwealth Games after a joint bid by the ICC and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). All matches will be played at the Edgbaston cricket ground.
This is the first time cricket has been included in the Commonwealth Games since 1988 in Kulala Lumpur when South Africa won the gold in men’s 50-over competition.
Manu Sawhney, the chief executive of the International Cricket Council said, “This truly historic moment for women’s cricket and for the global cricket community, who were united in their support for this bid.”
He added, “Women’s T20 Cricket continues to grow from strength to strength, and we are delighted and honored the Commonwealth Games Associations voted to include Women’s T20 cricket at the Birmingham 2022.
“Fast and exciting, the T20 format is the perfect fit for the Commonwealth Games and offers another chance to showcase women’s cricket on the global stage as part of our ambitious plans to accelerate the growth of the game, whilst inspiring the next generation of cricketers. All the players who are lucky enough to compete at Birmingham 2022 will be part of a truly memorable experience.”
The President of CGF, Dame Luise Martin said, “Today is the historic day and we are delighted to welcome the sport of cricket back to the games. Cricket was last played in the Games at Kuala Lumpur in 1988 when the men’s 50-overs-a-side competition was won by South Africa and featured icons of the sport including Jacques Kallis, Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar.
Source: India Today