The International Cricket Council (ICC), on Monday (April 26), announced that there will be a qualifying round to determine the final two teams that would join the host England along with India, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Pakistan for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
The six aforementioned teams secured their respective places based on the ICC Women's Twenty20 Team ranking as of April 1, 2021. The qualification process will determine which country from the Caribbean will participate in the event as players will be representing their individual countries and not the West Indies as they would at ICC events. The other team will be decided through a qualifying round which will be held by January 31, 2022.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) made the announcement on Monday as women's cricket features in the Games for the first time in 22 editions and cricket for only the second time ever, the first occasion being a men's ODI competition in Kuala Lumpur in 1998, which was won by South Africa.
Geoff Allardice, ICC Acting Chief Executive, said, "We are incredibly proud and excited to be part of Birmingham 2022 and it is a fantastic opportunity for us to continue to grow the women's game globally".
"We are committed to maintaining the momentum that saw 86,174 fans packed into the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the final of the ICC Women's T20 World Cup last year and Birmingham 2022 gives us another global stage on which to showcase the women's game".
"On behalf of the ICC and its Members, I thank the Commonwealth Games Federation for their support and look forward to seeing some superb cricket at Edgbaston".
The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will see 4,500 athletes from 72 nations and territories compete across 11 spectacular days of the sport. Birmingham 2022 will be the first major multi-sport event in history to award more medals to women than men.