In massive information for cricketing followers around the globe, the Commonwealth Video games Federation (CGF) on Tuesday introduced that girls’s T20 Cricket has been confirmed for inclusion on the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Video games. Eight groups will compete throughout eight match days, as cricket returns to the Commonwealth Video games for the primary time since 1998, when South Africa received the gold medal in a males’s 50-over format competitors in Kuala Lumpur. Edgbaston, the venue of England’s semi-final victory over Australia within the males’s 50-over World Cup, will play host to all of the matches. The 2022 Commonwealth Video games will happen in England from July 27 to August 7.
“This is a truly historic moment for women’s cricket and for the global cricket community, who were united in their support of this bid,” mentioned Manu Sawhney, Chief Govt of the Worldwide Cricket Council (ICC) mentioned in a media assertion.
“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.”
“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.”
Tom Harrison, ECB Chief Govt Officer, commented: “We’re delighted that Ladies’s T20 Cricket might be a part of Birmingham 2022, an occasion that represents the most important feminine and para sport programme in Commonwealth Video games historical past. Right this moment’s landmark announcement is one other indication of the extraordinarily vivid future for girls’s cricket.
“Cricket’s inclusion in an occasion with such a big international attain aligns completely with our plan to allow extra ladies and women to be impressed to get entangled in cricket. We want to thank the groups at Birmingham 2022, the Commonwealth Video games Basis and the Worldwide Cricket Council for his or her assist in sharing this imaginative and prescient for one of many world’s largest group sports activities.”
The ICC, in a media launch, mentioned it will likely be answerable for the competitors phrases and the conduct of cricket, by means of offering match officers and making certain matches are performed as per the legal guidelines of the sport.
“Right this moment is an historic day and we’re delighted to welcome the game of cricket again to the Commonwealth Video games,” mentioned Commonwealth Video games Federation president Dame Louise Martin.
“Cricket was final performed within the Video games at Kuala Lumpur in 1998 when the lads’s 50-overs-a-side competitors was received by South Africa and featured icons of the game together with Jacques Kallis, Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar.
“We consider the Commonwealth Video games might be a unbelievable platform to showcase the thrilling sport of Ladies’s T20 Cricket and proceed to assist develop the sport globally.”