There is some good news for women’s cricket. Women’s T20 is all set to be included in the Common Wealth Games 2022 in England. The inclusion of women’s cricket in an event as big as the CWG is absolutely unicorn. Eight teams will be featuring in the competition. This move will certainly give more exposure to the women cricketers and also popularize the sport in the non-cricket playing nations that will feature in CWG. As the talks of Women’s IPL are doing the rounds, the inclusion of Women’s T20 in CWG will certainly provide an impetus to these discussions. The success of Women’s Big Bash League in Australia and Kia Super League in England has brought limelight to the ‘other’ cricket.
The International Cricket Council the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have had a lion’s in the inclusion of Women’s T20 in CWG. The last time cricket was included in CWG was way back in 1998, when 16 men’s teams participated in a 50-over format at Kuala Lumpur. South Africa under the leadership of Shaun Pollock went on to bag the gold medal as they defeated the mighty Aussies in the final.
Let’s see how the women’s cricket pans out in the Common Wealth Games of 2022.
Juili Ballal (Cricket Journalist)
(Julie is a women’s cricketer who has represented Mumbai Team, she is also an IIT’ian)