The first women's T20 matches for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games have been announced, as the organisers of the Games have revealed the tournament schedule.
The women’s cricket T20 competition will be held at the Edgbaston Stadium from the 29 July, with the bronze and gold medal matches taking place on 7 August. The first match on the schedule will see Australia take on India in the early session, with Pakistan playing Barbados, who were recently confirmed as the team from the West Indies that will take part in the Commonwealth Games.
The host nation team for the Games, Team England, will be in action for the first time on 30 July, when they will take on the winner of a qualifying tournament which is due to take place at the start of 2022. They will then play South Africa in the early session on 2 August, followed by a third match against New Zealand in the evening session on Thursday 4 August.
Other highlights on the schedule include India against Pakistan on 31 July and Australia will also take on Pakistan on 3 August.
7 out of 8 qualifiers for the cricket T20 competition were announced back in April with the final team set to be finalised at the end of January 2022.
The announcement of the match schedules for the women’s T20 and netball comes just a few weeks before tickets for Birmingham 2022 are expected to go on general sale.
Matt Kidson, Director of Sport for Birmingham 2022, said: “Not surprisingly we have already sold thousands of tickets for both the netball and cricket T20 sessions through our ticket ballots, but we know that some fans have been waiting to find out the details of the match schedules before choosing which sessions they want to attend, so we’re expecting these sports to sell quickly, when ticket sales go live.
“If there are fans who haven’t yet set up their ticketing account, then now would be a great time to do so, as tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis, once the general sale begins.”Matt Kidson, Director of Sport for Birmingham 2022
Birmingham 2022 will be the first time that cricket T20 has been included in the Games and it is also the first time that women’s cricket has been on the sports programme at any Commonwealth Games, with men’s 50 overs cricket included in the 1998 edition which was held in Kuala Lumpur.
Commonwealth Games Federation Sport Director Ann-Louise Morgan said: “It is a special milestone to be unveiling the first matches for Birmingham 2022.
“There is no doubt that the cricket T20 and netball competitions will showcase the very best of Commonwealth Sport as well as women’s sport.
“We have been delighted to see such huge interest in tickets for both of these sports, but we are pleased that there are still opportunities for cricket and netball fans to attend the Games in person.
“Now is the time to ensure you set up a Birmingham 2022 ticketing account ahead of general sale in the coming weeks.”
ICC Acting Chief Executive Geoff Allardice said: “We have seen tremendous growth of the women’s game over the past few years and the Commonwealth Games will undoubtedly be another major moment on that journey.
“Today’s announcement of the match schedule gives fans lots to look forward to, not least with the opening game between ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 finalists Australia and India and we know that Edgbaston will provide a great stage for the competition.
“On behalf of the ICC and our Members, I would like to thank the Commonwealth Games Federation for all the support and look forward to some exciting cricket in Birmingham 2022.”
To find out more about Birmingham 2022, create your ticket account or see the full competition schedule for all 286 sessions of sport, go to birmingham2022.com