England captain Heather Knight says she is excited about the prospect of playing in the Commonwealth Games in 2022.
The eight-team cricket tournament will once again take place in the games in the form of T20 women’s cricket.
England have already qualified as hosts with six other teams slated to be added on 1 April 2021, with a qualification determined by countries in the ICC T20 ranking.
Knight said the England women team is looking forward to mingling with elite athletes from across the Commonwealth.
“It’s very exciting to be participating in the Commonwealth Games on home turf,” Knight told ICC-Cricket. Com.
“It’s an event that I’ve watched a lot and never really imagined I’d be participating in so it’s a really special feeling.
« It’s another great opportunity to play cricket, with live coverage on the BBC, and the opportunity to reach thousands of fans who love to attend multidisciplinary events..
« We can’t wait to be in Birmingham among all the other athletes, and we’re counting down towards 2022 – it’s going to be a huge year for us and for women’s cricket in general. ».
Manu Sauni, chief executive of the International Criminal Court, is eager to use the Commonwealth Games as a vehicle to drive further expansion of women’s cricket through T20Is broker.
“Cricket in the Commonwealth Games is a great opportunity for us to continue developing women’s game globally,” said Sauni..
“We are committed to accelerating this growth and maintaining the momentum we have built over the past few years, which recently saw 86,174 fans participate in the MCG for the T20 Women’s World Cup Final 2020. .
“I thank the Commonwealth Games Federation for supporting it and making it possible. We share the vision of achieving greater equality, equity and opportunities in sport and I am sure Birmingham 2022 will go a long way towards achieving our common goals..
Australia captain Meg Lanning feels the tournament can help preserve the momentum gained during the historic T20 Women’s World Cup in early 2020.
Lanning said: « The women’s game has taken another level over the past few years and being included in the Commonwealth Games is a great opportunity to take that forward. ».
“The announcement of the schedule and the qualification process is an exciting event that will undoubtedly create a lot of excitement among players around the world..
“Winning the T20 Women’s World Cup at the World Cricket Championship in front of a record crowd at Melbourne Cricket Stadium was absolutely unbelievable, but we are now looking to the future with some amazing events and challenges on the horizon including the Commonwealth Games Birmingham 2022.
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