Two of cricket’s biggest stakeholders are pushing for the inclusion of a women’s T20 cricket tournament at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
The International Cricket Council and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have submitted a joint bid to the Birmingham organising committee, and will make a presentation next week.
If the organising committee endorses the proposal, the Commonwealth Games Federation will make a final decision by September 2019.
The submission names Edgbaston as the primary venue for the competition, with county cricket grounds in Worcester, Derbyshire and Leicester also under consideration to host group stage matches.
Clare Connor, the director of England Women’s Cricket, has hailed the opportunity as a “game changer”, particularly because it would bring women’s T20 to free-to-air television in the UK.
She also expressed a hope that the proposal would be approved as it is a women’s competition, while only 40 per cent of current Commonwealth Games athletes are female.