In a landmark move, the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Commonwealth Games Federation have officially confirmed that Women’s T20 Cricket will be included in Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The 2022 Commonwealth Games will now witness as many as eight teams compete for the gold medal in Women’s T20 Cricket competition.  All matches are scheduled to be played at Birmingham’s Edgbaston Cricket Ground (ECB).

Notably, this will be the first time that cricket will be included in the Commonwealth Games since 1998. In that edition, South Africa had won the Gold medal in the men’s 50 overs format.

“This is a truly historic moment for women’s cricket and for the global cricket community, who were united in their support of this bid,” Manu Sawhney, Chief Executive of the International Cricket Council said.

“Women’s cricket continues to go from strength to strength, and we are delighted and honoured the Commonwealth Games Associations voted to include Women’s T20 cricket at Birmingham 2022.

“Fast and exciting, the T20 format is the perfect fit for the Commonwealth Games and offers another chance to showcase women’s cricket on the global stage as part of our ambitious plans to accelerate the growth of the game, whilst inspiring the next generation of cricketers. All the players who are lucky enough to compete at Birmingham 2022 will be part of a truly memorable experience,” he added.

“Today is a historic day and we are delighted to welcome the sport of cricket back to the Commonwealth Games,” said Commonwealth Games Federation President Dame Louise Martin.

“Cricket was last played in the Games at Kuala Lumpur in 1998 when the men’s 50-overs-a-side competition was won by South Africa and featured icons of the sport including Jacques Kallis, Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar.

“We believe the Commonwealth Games will be a fantastic platform to showcase the exciting sport of women’s T20 cricket and continue to help grow the game globally,” she added.