India are all set to lock horns with the Australian team in the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games cricket opener.
On Tuesday, the International Cricket Council (ICC) revealed the complete line-up for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. A total of 8 women’s teams will be participating in the event, including Australia, Barbados, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka that won the ICC Commonwealth Games Qualifier 2022 in Kuala Lumpur last week.
The cricket curriculum at the Commonwealth Games will be a league-cum-knockout affair, and the finalists of the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup – India and Australia – will lock horns in the opening encounter on July 29 and the medal matches are scheduled to be played on August 7.
Group A of the event consists of Australia, India, Barbados and Pakistan and Group B comprises England, New Zealand, South Africa and Sri Lanka.
Cricket will mark its return to the Commonwealth Games after a long gap of 24 years and it will be only the second time that cricket will be part of the Commonwealth Games. Last time in 1998 in Kuala Lumpur, South African men’s side led by Shaun Pollock defeated Steve Waugh-led Australia to win the gold.
It’s good to have finalised the identity of the teams participating in the Commonwealth Games – ICC Chief Executive
The ICC Chief Executive Geoff Allardice, while talking about the Commonwealth Games, said that 8 of the best teams will be competing for the gold and the tournament is going to be highly competitive.
“It’s good to have finalised the identity of the teams participating in the Commonwealth Games, and congratulations to Sri Lanka for making it after playing so well in the qualifier,” said Geoff Allardice, the ICC Chief Executive.
“We will have eight of the best teams competing for the gold and I am sure we will get to watch a highly competitive tournament. The Commonwealth Games are an important part of the women’s cricket calendar over the next year.
“It is a huge opportunity for us to take cricket beyond the traditional strongholds and give more people around the world the chance to enjoy the game, whilst the players are very much looking forward to being part of a multi-sport games.”
The Commonwealth Games Federation president Dame Louise Martin congratulated all the eight teams that will be participating in the event.
“Congratulations to the eight outstanding teams who have qualified for the women’s T20 cricket tournament at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games,” she said.
“I must pay particular tribute to Sri Lanka, who secured the eighth and final spot by winning such an exciting qualifying tournament in Malaysia last week. They will head to the iconic Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham with an elite lineup featuring England, Australia, India, Pakistan, South Africa, Barbados and New Zealand.”
Also, the Sri Lanka women’s captain said that it’s a great feeling to qualify for the games and it’s going to be a different experience for the team.
“It’s a great feeling to have qualified for the Commonwealth Games and all of us are really excited to be part of the multi-sport extravaganza. I’m sure it’s going to be a different experience for all of us,” she said.
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