Cricket could return to Commonwealth Games only if Birmingham wins 2022 bid

AFP, Apr, 27 2017

New Delhi: Cricket could once again return in Commonwealth Games fold after nearly 24 years if Birmingham goes on to win the bid to host the 2022 edition.

According to ESPNcricinfo Birmingham has been invited to bid for the Games by the UK government after Durban, which was originally scheduled to be the host city, was obliged to withdraw due to financial and political issues.

Representational image. Getty

Representational image. Getty

The last time men's cricket was held was in 1998 in Kuala Lumpur where India didn't qualify for semi-finals. Sachin Tendulkar played for India at the 1998 CWG.

Women's cricket was already included in the Durban schedule but Neil Snowball, the Warwickshire chief executive and a member of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games bid company, has confirmed the intention to include men's cricket, too, subject to the agreement of the ECB and ICC. The format would be T20.

The games are expected to be held at Edgbaston and at Worcestershire's New Road home. Birmingham will not be the only city vying to step in as hosts. Cities in Canada, Malaysia and Australia are all expected to apply, while Liverpool have also confirmed their interest.

Liverpool are not thought likely to include cricket among the sporting events.

Published Date: Apr 27, 2017 | Updated Date: Apr 27, 2017

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4717 115
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115