The Indian women’s cricket team has qualified for the 2022 Commonwealth Games to be held in Birmingham, United Kingdom from July 28-August 8, 2022, the International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed on Monday.
The women’s Twenty20 tournament, a medal event at Birmingham 2022 will be played at the Edgbaston cricket ground. Eight teams are set to take part.
Joining India and hosts England will be Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and South Africa.
One country from the West Indies will also play at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The islands that form the West Indies all compete as different nations as opposed to a collective West Indies team in international cricket.
A qualification event will determine which Caribbean country will take part.
The eighth and final team will be determined by a qualifying tournament to be played before January 31, 2022. The details of the qualifying tournament are yet to be announced.
The top-five teams according to the ICC’s Women’s T20I rankings on April 1, 2021, qualify directly for CWG 2022. However, with hosts England (world No. 2) being handed an automatic spot and sixth-ranked West Indies all competing as different nations, seventh-placed Pakistan was handed a direct berth to the event.
The Indian cricket team is currently ranked third, behind Australia and England, in the T20I rankings.
India captain Harmanpreet Kaur was upbeat about the event.
“It’s great to be confirmed for a place in the Commonwealth Games. We are raring to go, confident of doing well after having made the final of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia last year,” Harmanpreet Kaur said in an ICC statement.
“It is an awesome opportunity for both the women’s game and cricket to make a mark at the prestigious multi-discipline Games and we hope to return with loads of good memories.”
Cricket will be played at the Commonwealth Games for only the second time in history, and the first since the 1998 edition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Only a men’s One Day International (ODI) cricket competition was held in 1998, with South Africa, led by the legendary Shaun Pollock, beating Australia in the final to claim gold. India finished ninth in that edition.
Women’s cricket will be seen for the first time at the Commonwealth Games and will be in action on the opening day (July 29, 2022) in Birmingham.