The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) and the International Cricket Council (ICC) have announced the qualification process for cricket, for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, which is scheduled from 28 July to 8 August. It will be the Women’s team which will participate in the games this time for the first-ever time. Cricket as a whole will be making its first appearance in the Commonwealth Games since 1998 in Kuala Lumpur.
England have qualified automatically as the hosts, while the other top six ranked in the T20I Women’s rankings as of April 1, 2021 also qualify directly for the eight-team tournament, scheduled to be played in Edgbaston.
The remaining one spot will be awarded to the team winning the Commonwealth Qualifier, the format of which will be announced soon. But the deadline for the qualifier is January 31, 2022.
ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney, said, "Cricket at the Commonwealth Games is a fantastic opportunity for us to continue to grow the women’s game globally. We are committed to accelerating this growth and maintaining the momentum we have created over the past few years, which most recently saw 86,174 fans packed into the MCG for the final of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020.”
India captain Harmanpreet Kaur has feels that participating in the tournament will be a different challenge. "The inclusion of cricket at the Commonwealth Games is huge for all players and the game in general.
"Representing your country in a multi-discipline event is a different challenge and with it comes the responsibility of being emissaries of the game since it can get us new followers and fans.
"I hope to be there at the games and wish that it is a great success with some engrossing matches and high quality of cricket."
(Inputs from ICC Media Release)