The prospect of girls’s cricket that includes on the Commonwealth Video games in Birmingham in 2022 has been unanimously backed by the MCC World Cricket Committee throughout their annual assembly in Bengaluru.
The notion, which was backed by the ICC throughout final yr’s Ladies’s World T20 within the Caribbean, would deliver the game again to the Commonwealth Video games for the primary time since 1998, when South Africa’s males’s group gained the gold medal, beating Australia within the ultimate in Kuala Lumpur.
Suzie Bates, the previous New Zealand ladies’s captain who has been a member of the MCC World Cricket committee since 2017, mentioned: “Having Ladies’s T20 at Birmingham 2022 can be a game-changer.
“Multi-sport occasions just like the Commonwealth Video games and the Olympics entice and encourage a unique viewers, so it is an infinite alternative for girls’s cricket to win new followers, in addition to being an opportunity for the Commonwealth Video games to construct on considered one of their core values – equality – and create extra alternatives for feminine athletes.”
The bid, which was made by the ICC in partnership with the ECB, would contain Edgbaston because the competitors’s main venue, with different Midlands county grounds, together with Worcestershire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire into consideration to host group-stage matches.
A ultimate resolution is anticipated from the Commonwealth Video games Federation by September 2019. The highest eight T20 groups can be eligible for qualification, though as was the case in 1998, the islands of the Caribbean can be prone to compete as particular person nations.
MCC’s assist for the submission got here on the conclusion of the committee’s first day in Bengaluru, which can be Worldwide Ladies’s Day.
Shane Warne, who’s attending his first committee assembly after being elected final yr, mentioned: “It is a vastly thrilling time for girls’s cricket after two nice World Cups in two years and it is as much as the cricket world and Commonwealth Video games Federation to construct on that momentum and produce cricket into multi-sport video games.
“What’s extra, together with ladies’s T20 within the Commonwealth Video games will display that the game of cricket is inclusive, dynamic and with loads of alternatives for development.”
FICA, the Federation of Worldwide Cricketers’ Associations, not too long ago revealed 81% of girls participant respondents and 67% of males imagine cricket needs to be within the Olympics, and ladies’s T20 inclusion within the Commonwealth Video games could also be step one on the trail to Olympic inclusion.
“I am proud our committee members are so firmly behind the inclusion of Ladies’s T20 on the subsequent Commonwealth Video games in Birmingham in 2022,” mentioned Mike Gatting, the committee chairman.
“The competitors will primarily be held at Edgbaston, an excellent venue firmly linked to cricket and Birmingham’s sporting heritage. It will likely be important for the game within the Commonwealth and elevating the profile of an thrilling format cricket around the globe.”
Different sports activities vying for inclusion at Birmingham 2022 are archery, taking pictures, para-table tennis and volleyball.