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ICC and ECB welcome Commonwealth Games nomination

Dubai, Jun 20 (UNI) The International Cricket Council (ICC) and England and Wales
Cricket Board (ECB), welcome the decision by the Commonwealth Games Federation
(CGF) to nominate women’s cricket for inclusion at the Commonwealth Games in
Birmingham in 2022.
The decision, which needs to be ratified by CGF members, follows a comprehensive
bidding process, where the ICC, in partnership with the ECB, presented the compelling
case for women’s cricket to become part of the Commonwealth Games sport programme.
The application for inclusion of women’s cricket for Birmingham 2022 is part of the
global ambition for cricket to inspire and empower women and girls around the world
and to drive greater levels of inclusivity and opportunity throughout the sport.
ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney said, “We are absolutely delighted that women’s
cricket has been nominated for inclusion in Birmingham 2022. I’d like to thank everyone
at the CGF and Birmingham 2022 for the nomination and it would be a real honour to
become part of the Commonwealth Games family."
“We are committed to accelerating the growth of the women’s game and breaking
down barriers and gender stereotypes along the way. We share our ambition to deliver
greater equality, fairness and opportunity in sport with the Commonwealth Games
Federation," he said.
“The platform of Birmingham 2022 will provide a springboard for women’s cricket and
will inspire and engage young girls around the world to be part of this wonderful and
inclusive sport,” Sawhney added.
Tom Harrison, ECB Chief Executive Officer, added, “The inclusion of women’s cricket
in the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games would be a landmark moment in the
development of the sport."
“It would present us with a wonderful opportunity to capitalise on the global reach of
these Games to showcase the very best of women’s cricket and in doing so inspire a
new generation of women and girls from around the world to start playing the game,"
he said.
“We are extremely grateful to the teams at Birmingham 2022 and CGF for providing
us with this opportunity and for sharing our vision for the future of women’s cricket,”
Harrison said.
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