Six highest-placed groups within the ICC rankings as on April 1 subsequent 12 months together with hosts England will get direct qualification to the 2022 Commonwealth Video games’ ladies’s T20 competitors, which can make its debut on the quadrennial showpiece in Birmingham.
Ladies’s cricket can be part of the Commonwealth Video games for the primary time ever when the 2022 version will get underway in Birmingham from July 28 to August eight. The ICC and the Commonwealth Video games Federation unveiled the qualification course of for the occasion on Wednesday.
“Apart from England, six different highest-ranked groups in ICC Ladies’s T20I Rankings as of April 1 subsequent 12 months will even qualify immediately for the eight-team event, which can be held in Edgbaston,” the ICC stated in a press release.
It’s going to solely be the second time that cricket will characteristic within the occasion after a males’s competitors was a part of the Video games in Kuala Lumpur in 1998. The Indian ladies’s workforce is at the moment positioned second within the ICC standings behind England.
The remaining one place can be allotted to the winner of a Commonwealth Video games Qualifier, the format and particulars of which can be introduced sooner or later. The deadline for the Qualifier is January 31, 2022.
“Cricket on the Commonwealth Video games is a improbable alternative for us to proceed to develop the ladies’s sport globally,” ICC Chief Government Manu Sawhney stated within the launch.
“We’re dedicated to accelerating this progress and sustaining the momentum now we have created over the previous few years … I thank the Commonwealth Video games Federation for his or her assist and for making this attainable.
“We share with them the imaginative and prescient of larger equality, equity and alternative in sport and I’m certain Birmingham 2022 will go a great distance in the direction of us reaching our widespread targets.”
Since athletes from the Caribbean can be representing their nations and never the West Indies (as they’re affiliated with the ICC), the winner of a chosen qualifying event will resolve which nation will get to compete if the West Indies get a slot, the discharge stated.
Commonwealth Video games Federation President Dame Louise Martin stated: “We’re completely delighted to have ladies’s T20 cricket debut on the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Video games.
“Cricket has at all times been one of many Commonwealth’s hottest sports activities and it’s so particular to have it again at our Video games for the primary time because the males’s competitors at Kuala Lumpur … Now could be the flip of the ladies and I can not wait to see the following era of stars take centre stage.”
Captains of main ladies’s groups, together with India skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, had been thrilled on the prospect of girls’s cricket that includes within the Video games. “The inclusion of cricket on the Commonwealth Video games is big for all gamers and the sport generally,” Kaur stated.
“I hope to be there on the video games and need that it’s a nice success with some engrossing matches and prime quality of cricket.”