Cricket returns to the Commonwealth Games

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The 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games will witness the return of cricket after 24 years. The Commonwealth Games will begin on July 28 where 4500 athletes from 72 nations will participate to attain glory. The CWG 2022 will script history to be the first multi-sport tournament where more women will be awarded medals than men.

8 women’s cricket teams will clash in a T20 championship in Birmingham. Cricket has been a part of the CWG only once in the past in Kuala Lumpur in 1998. The Proteas under the captaincy of veteran all-rounder Shaun Pollock were the gold-medal winners after they thrashed Steve Waugh’s Australia in the finals.

This time around, 2020 WT20 finalists Australia and India will face each other in the opening encounter. On how the CWG will globalize the game of cricket, even more, ICC Chief Executive Geoff Allardice stated

“It’s good to have finalised the identity of the teams participating in the Commonwealth Games. We will have eight of the best teams competing for the gold and I am sure we will get to watch a highly competitive tournament. The Commonwealth Games are an important part of the women’s cricket calendar over the next year. It is a huge opportunity for us to take cricket beyond the traditional strongholds and give more people around the world the chance to enjoy the game.”

8 nations to contest for Gold

Barbados, Pakistan alongside Australia and India are in Group A. Hosts England are with New Zealand, South Africa and Sri Lanka in Group B. Fans are thrilled as cricket makes its way in such a major multi-sport event. CGF President Dame Louise Martin too shared his excitement,

“Cricket is a sport synonymous with the Commonwealth. We are so excited to have it back in the Games for the first time since the men’s 50 over competition at Kuala Lumpur in 1998. The debut of women’s T20 cricket will be a historic moment and a wonderful showcase of women’s sport across the world.”

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