8 cricket teams in Commonwealth Games 2022
Cricket is all set to make a comeback in Commonwealth Games after 24 years. Women’s teams from eight countries will compete in the 2022 edition.
The ICC (International Cricket Council) has announced qualifications pathways to Birmingham 2022. The format will be in Twenty20s.
The top six teams from women’s T20I rankings will automatically qualify for Birmingham 2022. The deadline is April 1, 2021. Hosts England are guaranteed a spot among the six. Meanwhile, a Qualifier will be held for the rest of the two spots. The deadline for Qualifier is January 31, 2022.
Players from West Indies (a combination of Central American islands including Guyana) will be divided into separate teams. The ICC has said that a winner of a designated qualifying tournament will find place in the event if West Indies qualify.
The last time cricket was played in Commonwealth Games was in 1998, where the men’s teams took part in Malaysia. The Games’ Federation President Dame Louise Martin is hopeful of a good show in 2022.
“We are absolutely delighted to have women’s T20 cricket debut at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games,” Martin said.
“Cricket has always been one of the Commonwealth’s most popular sports and it is so special to have it back at our Games for the first time since the men’s competition at Kuala Lumpur 1998, where true greats of the game including Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis and Sachin Tendulkar were on show. Now is the turn of the women and I can’t wait to see the next generation of stars like Heather Knight, Harmanpreet Kaur and Meg Lanning take centre stage.
“Birmingham 2022 will be a fantastic showcase for the women’s game and the unveiling of the qualification criteria today is an exciting and important milestone as we head towards what will be a spectacular competition at the iconic Edgbaston Stadium.”
This will be the third instance of England hosting a Commonwealth Games event. Earlier London (1934) and Manchester (2002) hosted one of world’s most popular sporting events.