Cricket is set to return to the Commonwealth Games after a 24-year absence with organisers confirming that the programme for Birmingham 2022 would include a women’s Twenty20 tournament.
The T20 event is one of three new events added to the next edition of the Games, alongside Beach Volleyball and Para Table Tennis, but there was no room on the schedule for shooting.
Eight teams will take part in the game’s shortest format, which will be held at Edgbaston, boosting the total number of medal events for women at Birmingham 2022 to 135 – two more than men in a first for a major multi-sport event.
Cricket’s last appearance at the Games was at Kuala Lumpur in 1998, when a South African team featuring Jacques Kallis won the men’s 50-over competition.
The next edition of the women’s Cricket World Cup will be held in New Zealand in 2021 and the country’s captain Amy Satterthwaite described the inclusion of the sport in the Birmingham programme as “a huge boost”.
The 2022 Games will take place from 27 July to 7 August and involve 4,500 athletes competing across 19 sports.