Women’s Twenty20 cricket is one of three sports that has been proposed for inclusion at the 2022 Commonwealth Games multi-sport event in the English city of Birmingham.
Beach volleyball and para table tennis have also been recommended for inclusion in the programme. If approved, the changes would see more medals available for women, and more para sports included, than at any other previous edition of the Games.
Shooting and archery had also applied for inclusion at the Games but missed out.
Birmingham’s Edgbaston Stadium would host all women’s cricket matches during the Games. The stadium is currently serving as a host venue during the Cricket World Cup in England and Wales.
The Birmingham 2022 organising committee also cited beach volleyball’s success at the London 2012 Olympic Games and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games as a reason for its proposal, adding that the sport would bring “energy and dynamism” to the event.
The organising committee also said that para table tennis could be easily integrated into the existing table tennis programme and further the diversity of the Games’ sports programme. Para table tennis would become the eighth para sport at the Games.
Birmingham 2022 chief executive Ian Reid said: “Our recommendation of adding women’s cricket, beach volleyball and para table tennis is the result of a thorough review and we believe these sports would help us to enhance the existing programme and reach new audiences, while showcasing the sports to our local community, spectators and fans across the world, watching on TV.
“It’s also a selection that could help ensure that the 2022 Commonwealth Games will be the most inclusive in history, with a potential for the largest ever para-sports programme and more female medallists than ever before, representing a great story not just for Birmingham 2022, but for women’s sport in general.”
The sports were chosen following presentations from national and international governing bodies to an ‘Additional Sports Review Panel’, whose recommendations were then approved by the Games board. The recommendations were then sent to the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), for consideration by their Sports Committee and Executive Board, with the plans to now be put to a final vote of the CGF’s General Assembly.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) welcomed the decision to nominate women’s cricket for inclusion at the Games. The ICC said the application forms part of its global ambition for the sport to inspire and empower women and girls around the world.