ICC submits women’s cricket bid for 2022 Commonwealth Games

Cricket's only appearance in the CWG was in Kuala Lumpur in 1998, where South Africa beat Australia in the final to win top honours.

The submission to the CWG Federation proposes an eight-team T20 event played in two pools of four teams each, totalling 16 matches in eight days held at two venues.   -  afp

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday said it has submitted a joint bid with the England and Wales Cricket Board for the inclusion of T20 women’s cricket into the 2022 Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Birmingham.

Cricket's only appearance in the CWG was in Kuala Lumpur in 1998, where South Africa beat Australia in the final to win top honours.

“The application for inclusion of women’s cricket for Birmingham 2022 is part of the global strategy for cricket to inspire and empower women and girls around the world and to drive greater levels of inclusivity and opportunity throughout the sport,” said the ICC in a statement.

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“The ICC has the unanimous backing of its members and board of directors to pursue the inclusion of women’s cricket in the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

"An ICC and ECB delegation will present its bid for the inclusion of women’s cricket in the Birmingham 2022 sporting programme to an assessment panel early next month,” it added.

The submission to the CWG Federation proposes an eight-team T20 event played in two pools of four teams each, totalling 16 matches in eight days held at two venues.

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ICC chief executive David Richardson said: “Birmingham is the perfect place to launch this partnership as the city shares cricket’s rich and diverse culture and heritage.

“23 per cent of the city’s residents have links to cricket playing nations outside the UK, the deep connection between cricket and Birmingham will bring people together and inspire future generations of players and fans of women’s cricket.”

ECB chairman Colin Graves said women’s cricket in the CWG will be a big boost to the sport.

“The women’s game is going from strength to strength, attracting strong crowds and drawing girls and boys to cricket — it’s an important strategic focus and a huge opportunity.

India women’s captain Harmanpreet Kaur too welcomed the ICC bid.

“It’s a great idea, and we’ll get more fan following when we introduce cricket to Commonwealth Games. We can get more games to improve our cricket and I’m really happy about it,” said Kaur.