In what comes as a delightful news for all cricket fans around the globe, the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) announced that Women’s T20 Cricket will be part of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Following a joint bid by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the International Cricket Council (ICC),
Women's T20 Cricket made the cut for 2022 CWG after 71 Commonwealth Games Associations (CGAs) voted by the required majority to accept the proposal from Birmingham 2022 to add three new sports to its existing programme – Women’s T20 Cricket, Beach Volleyball and Para Table Tennis.
The inclusion of the sport has contributed to Birmingham 2022 having the biggest female and para sports programme in Commonwealth Games history. It will also mark the first time ever that a major multi-sport event has featured more women’s than men’s medal events.
The 2022 Commonwealth Games is scheduled to take place from 27 July to 7 August 2022 and fans can expect to see eight women’s cricket teams competing at Birmingham’s iconic Edgbaston Stadium. 120 cricketers (15 players per squad) will compete across eight match days as cricket returns to the Commonwealth Games for the first time since 1998, when South Africa won Gold in a men's 50-over competition in Kuala Lumpur.
Today’s announcement confirms that there will be 4,500 athletes competing at Birmingham 2022 across 19 sports.