Women's T20 Cricket Added to Commonwealth Games

16 Aug 2019

Cricket is set to return to the Commonwealth Games after a 24-year absence, with organisers confirming that the programme for Birmingham 2022 would include a women's Twenty20 tournament.
The T20 event is one of three new events added to the next edition of the Games, alongside Beach Volleyball and Para Table Tennis, but there was no room on the schedule for shooting.
Eight teams will take part in the game's shortest format, which will be held at Edgbaston, boosting the total number of medal events for women at Birmingham 2022 to 135 - two more than men - in a first for a major multi-sport event.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) said in a statement the sport's return to the Games was "a truly historic moment for women's cricket and for the global cricket community".
"Cricket's inclusion in an event with such a large global reach aligns perfectly with our plan to enable more women and girls to be inspired to get involved in cricket," England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Chief Executive Tom Harrison said.
Commonwealth Games Federation President Louise Martin welcomed the addition of all three sports to the 2022 programme.
"We are passionate advocates of women's sport and para-sport, so I am thrilled we are able to make this special announcement today," she said.
Cricket's last appearance at the Games was at Kuala Lumpur in 1998, when a South African team featuring Jacques Kallis won the men's 50-over competition.
The 2022 Games will take place from 27 July to 7 August and involve 4,500 athletes competing across 19 sports. 

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