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Women’s T20 cricket to be included in 2022 Commonwealth Games

The International Cricket Council and Commonwealth Games Federation confirmed the inclusion of women’s T20 cricket at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. Just after the news of ICC discussing over cricket’s inclusion to Olympics 2028, this confirmation comes like an icing on the cake for the cricket world.

The Story

Since the Commonwealth Games 1998 in Kuala Lumpur, this is the first time cricket has been included in the Games. Eight international teams will 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 staged at the Edgbaston cricket ground in Birmingham. Manu Sawhney, the Chief Executive of the ICC termed this as a historic moment for women’s cricket and overall the global cricket community. He added, “Women’s cricket continues to go from strength to strength, and we are delighted and honoured the Commonwealth Games Associations voted to include Women’s T20 cricket at Birmingham 2022.”

What they say

Manu opined that the T20 format is the best fit for the Games and through the shortest format it is also possible to showcase women’s cricket on the global platform. He believes that this will certainly inspire the next generation. “All the players who are lucky enough to compete at Birmingham 2022 will be part of a truly memorable experience.” Even the CGF President Dame Louise Martin sounded excited and shared similar thoughts, She said, “Today is an historic day and we are delighted to welcome the sport of cricket back to the Commonwealth Games.” She said that this would help women’s cricket to grow.

The last time cricket was played in the Games at Kuala Lumpur in 1998. The men’s 50-over a side version was staged that featured icons like Jacques Kallis, Ricky Ponting, and Sachin Tendulkar. Eventually, the competition was won by South Africa.

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