Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) and the International Cricket Council (ICC) have announced the qualification process for Twenty20 International women’s cricket, which will make a historic appearance at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham 2022, scheduled from July 28 to August 8. In the history of the Games, women’s cricket will be part of the Commonwealth Games and it will only be the second time cricket has been featured since the men’s league was part of the Kuala Lumpur Games in 1998.
Eight teams qualify for the quadrennial event. England will receive direct qualification as the host country, while six teams secure berths from the Commonwealth Games based on their ICC T20I rankings. The last place is taken by the winner of the Commonwealth Games Qualifier.
The qualifying process announced Wednesday will give host country England one spot, while six other ICC members with the highest rank in the ICC Women’s T20I Team Rankings will also qualify directly for the eight-team tournament to be held from April 1, 2021. in a city that has an iconic cricket venue in Edgbaston, ”the ICC said in a press release.
The remaining place will be awarded to the winner of a Commonwealth Games Qualifier, the format and details of which will be announced in due course. The deadline for the Qualifier is January 31, 2022.
“As athletes from the Caribbean will represent their country and not the West Indies (as they are affiliated with the ICC), the winner of a designated qualifying tournament will decide which country will participate if the West Indies gets a slot,” added.
CGF President Dame Louise Martin and ICC Director Manu Sawhney highlighted the potential of cricket in the Commonwealth Games.
ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney said Cricket at the Commonwealth Games is a fantastic opportunity for anyone to further grow the women’s game worldwide.
“We are committed to accelerating this growth and maintaining the momentum we’ve created over the years, recently grabbing 86,174 fans in the MCG for the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Final,” said 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 the sport and I am sure that Birmingham 2022 will go a long way towards achieving it. of our common goals, ”he added.
Meanwhile, Commonwealth Games Federation Chairman Dame Louise Martin said: “We are absolutely delighted to have the women’s T20 cricket debut at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham 2022.
“Cricket has always been one of the most popular sports in the Commonwealth and it is so special to have it back at our Games for the first time since the 1998 men’s league in Kuala Lumpur, where true greats of the game, including Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis and Sachin Tendulkar was featured.
“Now it’s the turn of the women and I can’t wait to focus on the next generation of stars like Heather Knight, Harmanpreet Kaur and Meg Lanning.
“Birmingham 2022 will be a fantastic showcase for the women’s game and the unveiling of the qualifying criteria today is an exciting and important milestone towards a spectacular match at the iconic Edgbaston Stadium,” she added.
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