New Delhi: The International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) made a big announcement on Monday. The two sports giants announced that women’s cricket is being included for the first time in the 2022 edition of the Commonwealth Games. Earlier in 1998, a men’s cricket competition was held in Kuala Lumpur. This was the first time in the Commonwealth Games, when cricket was included. The competition was won by South Africa.
The eight teams T20 competition includes six qualifiers Australia, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa and a country in the West Indies along with home team England. She has qualified as a result of her standings in the ICC Women’s T20 International Team Rankings on 1 April 2021. Actually, these are the teams that occupy the first seven places in the ICC team rankings.
According to the qualification process, the winner of a designated qualifying event will determine which country in the Caribbean region has to represent their individual countries as an athlete to participate. Because in the Commonwealth they will represent their country, not just the West Indies. Therefore, which Caribbean country will take part as West Indies, it will be decided later.
The final participating team will be decided through a qualifying tournament to be held by 31 January 2022, details of which will be announced in due time. The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will see 4,500 athletes from 72 countries. The competition will run 11 days from 28 July to 8 August.
The Commonwealth Games cricket tournament will take place at the prestigious Edgbaston Stadium, with tickets set for sale later this year. Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur said, it is great to get a place in the Commonwealth Games. We are confident of doing well after reaching the final of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia last year.