In the Commonwealth Games 2022 edition, Women’s Cricket was re-introduced in the T20 format. The game got huge support from the fans in the stadium even though the sport wasn’t a part of the event since 1998 when South Africa bagged the first gold medal in the Men’s 50-over format.
In 2022, the Australian women’s team defeated the Indian women’s team to win the gold medal. India had to settle for silver and New Zealand bagged the bronze. Women’s cricket in recent times has been getting a lot of hype and the event would even take place in the Commonwealth Games 2026 edition in Victoria, that’ll take place from march 17-29.
The International Cricket Council’s general manager Wasim Khan is very exhilarated since Women’s Cricket got retained for Commonwealth Games 2026. He believes this is a very important landmark. He mentioned his long-term vision of including cricket in the Olympics and revealed how women’s cricket is getting mainstream attention.
“We are delighted to know that women’s cricket will be part of the Commonwealth Games in Victoria. It will be another significant landmark for the sport after its huge success in recent years, including Birmingham. The continued growth and upward trajectory of both the women’s game and T20 cricket fits perfectly with our long-term ambitions that include being part of the Olympic Games. Women’s cricket has witnessed a sharp upward curve with rising standards and a rapidly increasing fan base. The sight of 86,174 fans in Melbourne for the final of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 still lives strong in our memories and so we just can’t wait for another opportunity to showcase the women’s game, this time in Victoria in 2026,” he added.
Women’s cricket is among 20 other sports that have been retained in the next edition of the Victoria Commonwealth Games. The 2022 edition was the first time that women’s cricket got featured in the Commonwealth Games following men’s 50-over cricket in the tournament in Kuala Lumpur.
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