The ICC confirmed it had submitted a bid for women's T20 Cricket to be included in the 2022 Commonwealth Games, which will take place in Birmingham, England.
ICC chief executive David Richardson said the move would bring in several new fans and inspire more women to take cricket. "We would like cricket to lead the way in the Commonwealth in inspiring more young girls to take up sports regardless of their background or culture," Richardson said. "Creating a new partnership between women's cricket and the Commonwealth Games demonstrates the commitment of both organizations to the growing women's sport and the achievement of greater equality, fairness and opportunities in sport across the Commonwealth.
"There is a saying that you can not see it" – Imagine the impact of millions of young girls around the world watching women's cricket in the Commonwealth Games and being empowered with the knowledge that they too can play cricket, represent their country and compete on a global stage. "
The bid was made in partnership with the ECB, and the possibility of cricket being part of the Commonwealth Games was welcomed by leading women cricketers.
England captain Heather Knight felt there were many positives to the move. "It would mean a lot. There's always prestige around something like that," Knight said. "The women's game has gone from strength to strength, and this would be another platform to show that."
Australia captain Meg Lanning thought would have added benefit too. "It's cricket in there would be amazing," Lanning said. "It shows how far the game is coming. It would give us another really big tournament to look forward to." The opportunity to win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games would be great as an athlete. "
If the bid is successful, it will mark the second time that cricket has been part of the Commonwealth Games. The men had competed at the 1998 event, with South Africa beating Australia in the gold medal match.
Report in The Guardian said there would be a presentation to the organizing committee, and the Commonwealth Games Federation would then make the final decision, to be ratified by September 2019, while also elaborating on the process and issue with West Indies, which is made up of several countries and can not compete as 'West Indies'.
"According to the submission, Edgbaston would be the primary venue for the eight-team competition, with county grounds at Worcester, Derbyshire and Leicester under consideration to serve as the secondary host during the group stages," the report said. The complications, as it was in 1998, are West Indies, who represent several nations. It is understood that they would be asked to nominate one country from the region to take part as a imperfect solution to the problem.
"The paperwork submitted Friday before last will be augmented with a series of visual presentations next Monday and Tuesday to Birmingham 2022 decision-makers.Mindful of how important this will be, ICC will be represented by David Richardson, their chief executive. the board of the organization has already given the bid its full support. "