India are among six teams that have qualified for the 2022 Commonwealth Games T20 women’s competition as cricket returns for the second time in the multisport event. Australia, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa and a Caribbean country are the six qualifiers joining the home England team in the T20 eight-team competition. They obtained their qualification thanks to their classification in the ICC team classification on April 1st.
“Depending on the qualification process, the winner of a designated qualifying event will determine which country in the Caribbean region can participate as the athletes will represent their country and not the West Indies as they would at ICC events.
“The final participating team will be decided at a qualifying tournament to be held by January 31, 2022, details of which will be announced in due course,” the International Cricket Council (ICC) said in a statement on Monday.
Women’s cricket is present at the Games for the first time in 2022 and cricket for only the second time, the first time being a men’s ODI competition in Kuala Lumpur in 1998, when South Africa won.
The Commonwealth Games cricket tournament will take place at the iconic Edgbaston Stadium, and tickets go on sale later this year.
Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur said: “It’s great to be confirmed a spot at the Commonwealth Games. We can’t wait to go, confident that we are doing well after playing in the ICC T20 Women’s World Cup final in Australia last year was an opportunity for women’s football and cricket to make a mark at the prestigious Multidisciplinary Games and we hope to return with many fond memories. “
ICC Acting Managing Director Geoff Allardice added: “We are incredibly proud and excited to be a part of Birmingham 2022 and this is a fantastic opportunity for us to continue to develop women’s football around the world.
“We are committed to maintaining the momentum that saw 86,174 fans gather in the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the ICC T20 Women’s World Cup Final last year and Birmingham 2022 offers us another world stage on which to present the women’s football.”
CGF President Louise Martin was also excited about cricket’s return to the Games.
“Cricket is a sport synonymous with the Commonwealth and we are delighted to see it at the Games for the first time since the men’s competition in Kuala Lumpur in 1998. The debut of women’s T20 cricket will be a historic moment for Commonwealth Sport and a wonderful showcase. for women’s sport around the world, ”she said.
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