ICC confirms bid for women's T20 cricket to be in 2022 Commonwealth Games

The ICC has confirmed they have submitted a bid for women’s T20 cricket to be included in the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

ICC CEO David Richardson said the reason behind the bid was to bring new fans to the sport and inspire a new generation of female cricketers.

"We would like cricket to lead the way in the Commonwealth in inspiring more young girls to take up sport regardless of their background or culture," Richardson said.

"Creating a new partnership between women's cricket and the Commonwealth Games demonstrates the commitment both organisations have to growing women's sport and delivering greater equality, fairness and opportunity in sport across the Commonwealth.

"There's a saying that 'you can't be it if you can't see it' - imagine the impact of millions of young girls around the world watching women's cricket in the Commonwealth Games and being empowered with the knowledge that they too can play cricket, represent their country and compete on a global stage."

The bid, made a day after Australia beat England in the final to win the Women’s World T20 Cup in the Caribbean, has been made in partnership with the ECB.

Should it be successful, it would be the second time cricket has been part of the Commonwealth Games after the men competed at the 1998 event in Kuala Lumpur. South Africa beat Australia in the gold medal match.

New Zealand celebrate a wicket. New Zealand White Ferns v West Indies. 3rd International Twenty20 cricket, Pukekura Park, New Plymouth New Zealand. Friday, 16 March, 2018. Copyright photo: John Cowpland /
The White Ferns celebrate a wicket. Source: Photosport

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