International Cricket Council (ICC) and The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) announced the qualification process for the inclusion of cricket, which can be very historic moment for the appearance in this stage at Commonwealth Games of 2022 in Birmingham scheduled from 28 July to 8 August.
Furthermore, it will a historic moment, if cricket is included in the commonwealth games that will definitely change the vision of games and will make every fans happy to watch. It is considered that commonwealth games are going to include women’s cricket in the format for the very first time ever and it is the second time, it is going to feature after the competition of men that was took in 1998 at Kuala Lumpur. To include the cricket into commonwealth, some criteria was included which was announced on Wednesday permits England to host that one spot whereas the remaining six apex positioned ICC members in MRF Tyres ICC Women’s T20I Team Rankings from 1 April 2021 will ensure direct qualification for 8 teams into the tournament, which could be held at the iconic stadium, Edgbaston.
While the remaining place will be placed to the winner of Commonwealth Games Qualifier and the given deadline of Qualifier is 31st January 2022.
ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney and CGF President Dame Louise Martin stated that the actual potential of cricket in the commonwealth games will definitely increase the craze all over the world and the captains of the leading teams stated that they are excited to bring cricket women into the next stage of progress.
“Cricket at the Commonwealth Games is a fantastic opportunity for us to continue to grow the women’s game globally. We are committed to accelerating this growth and maintaining the momentum we have created over the past few years, which most recently saw 86,174 fans packed into the MCG for the final of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020” stated by ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney.
“I thank the Commonwealth Games Federation for their support and for making this possible. We share with them the vision of greater equality, fairness and opportunity in sport and I am sure Birmingham 2022 will go a long way towards us achieving our common objectives”.
“We are absolutely delighted to have women’s T20 cricket debut at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games”, commented by Commonwealth Games Federation President Dame Louise Martin.
It is a moment of appreciation to make a forward call for the inclusion of the women cricket in the games which will initiate the success for the stepping stones of women into the world of cricket at the higher level and it will be a honor to watch these women competing at the class level for their respected nation.
“It’s incredibly exciting that we are going to be taking part in the Commonwealth Games on home soil. It’s an event I have often watched and I never really imagined I’d be taking part so it feels really special”, stated by the England Women captain Heather Knight
In 1998 where men cricket was seen in the commonwealth games made cricket a popular sport in that event had showcased limelight over the great players like Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Pointing and Jacques Kallis, and it is the time for women to show their incredible skills and it will be very exciting to watch women legends like Meg Lanning, Harmanpreet Kaur and Heather Knight at the crucial stage.
It is going to be huge and special year for every cricketing world to showcase women in this epic stage.