The International Cricket Council on Monday submitted a bid for women's Twenty20 cricket, one of the world’s fastest growing women’s team sports, to be included in the 2022 Birmingham Games.
The cricket's world governing body and England and Wales Cricket Board will make a presentation to an assessment panel early next month.
In a media release, the ICC said the application is part of the global strategy for cricket to inspire and empower women and girls around the world.
With an aim to globalize cricket at Birmingham 2022, ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said, “Cricket and the Commonwealth are inextricably linked and almost perfectly aligned with 910 million of cricket’s one billion plus adult fans from Commonwealth countries. Creating a new partnership between women’s cricket and the Commonwealth Games demonstrates the commitment both organizations have to growing women’s sport and delivering greater equality, fairness and opportunity in sport across the Commonwealth.”
Pointing out that Birmingham, a home to cricket lovers, has its 23 per cent of residents have links to cricket playing nations outside the UK, Richardson said the deep connection between cricket and the city will bring people together and inspire future generations of players and fans of women’s cricket.
“This partnership has the potential to go way beyond a sporting event that can be enjoyed by hundreds of millions of fans in Birmingham, the UK and the rest of the world,” he said.
So far, cricket has made just one appearance at Kuala Lumpa Games in 1998 where South Africa won men’s 50-overs-a-side against Australia.