On Monday the Cricket governing body, International Cricket Council (ICC) has stated the bid proposal for the inclusion Women’s T20 in 2022 Commonwealth Games Federation in Birmingham, England. According to the release the bid has been made in partnership with the England and the Wales Cricket Board.
According to a release made by the ICC chief executive David Richardson states that the inclusion of women’s cricket for Commonwealth games, Birmingham 2022 is part of the ICC’s global strategy for cricket “to inspire and empower women and girls around the world and to drive greater levels of inclusivity and opportunity throughout the sport.”
He quotes that, “Cricket and the Commonwealth are inextricably linked and almost perfectly aligned with 910 million of cricket’s 1 billion-plus adult fans from Commonwealth countries.” So, he feels that Birmingham, England is the perfect venue to launch this partnership as the city shares cricket’s rich and diverse culture and heritage.
It seems if the bid is successful, it would mark the second time that cricket has been a part of the Commonwealth Games. The men had competed at 1998 event, with South Africa defeating Australia in the gold medal match.
Richardson also added that “If cricket were to be staged among the Commonwealth Games, we know every team competing would be guaranteed ‘home’ support. There are a ready-made audience and ready-made infrastructure in the local vicinity.”