ICC wants women’s cricket at 2022 Com­mon­wealth Games

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

DUBAI—The In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil (ICC) will ap­ply for the in­clu­sion of women´s cricket at the 2022 Com­mon­wealth Games in Dur­ban, South Africa, the gov­ern­ing body has said.

Cricket has strug­gled to ven­ture into new mar­kets away from its tra­di­tional strongholds and the in­flu­en­tial In­dian board´s re­luc­tance to em­brace multi-sports events as a means to in­crease ex­po­sure has hin­dered growth.

Fol­low­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion by the Com­mon­wealth Games Fed­er­a­tion, the ICC board agreed to ap­ply for a women´s com- pe­ti­tion at the Dur­ban Games dur­ing its an­nual con­fer­ence in Ed­in­burgh on Satur­day. “It will en­hance the pro­file of the sport and cre­ate ad­di­tional ex­po­sure and ex­pe­ri­ences for fe­male crick­eters,” ICC chair­man Shashank Manohar, a for­mer head of the In­dian board, said in a state­ment.

South Africa won the men´s event when cricket took place at the 1998 Com­mon­wealth Games in Malaysia, the only time the sport has been in­cluded in the pro­gramme. The Asian Games re­mains the largest multi-sports event that fea­tures cricket and the last two edi­tions in­cluded both men´s and women´s com­pe­ti­tions. The ICC has also been ex­plor­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of get­ting cricket added to the Olympic pro­gramme.

“There will be fur­ther dis­cus­sions on cricket´s po­ten­tial par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Olympic Games fol­low­ing fur­ther meet­ings with the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee (IOC) later in the year,” the gov­ern­ing body said.

Pres­i­dent of the Ital­ian board Si­mone Gam­bino told ESPNcricinfo on Fri­day that cricket would be in­cluded in the 2024 Olympics should Rome win the bid to host the Games.—AFP

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