Women's cricket Commonwealth Games bid put ahead of the men's by ICC

The International Cricket Council is pushing for women's cricket to be a part of the Commonwealth Games but has no plans to do the same for the men.

Asked whether it would be doing the same for the men's game, the answer was a clear no.

Women's cricket Commonwealth Games bid put ahead of the men's by ICC
GRAHAM MORRIS/PHOTOSPORTSophie Devine and the White Ferns could compete in the 2022 Commonwealth Games if the ICC's bid is successful.

Sophie Devine and the White Ferns could compete in the 2022 Commonwealth Games if the ICC's bid is successful.

"No our focus is on the women's game and it's inclusion," communications general manager Claire Furlong said.

Women's cricket has never appeared at the Commonwealth Games.

Women's cricket Commonwealth Games bid put ahead of the men's by ICC
YASIR NISAR/PHOTOSPORTMen's cricket has been shunned by the ICC in their latest bid to include just the women's T20 game at the Commonwealth Games.

Men's cricket has been shunned by the ICC in their latest bid to include just the women's T20 game at the Commonwealth Games.

The last time cricket was on the schedule was 20 years ago in Kuala Lumpur with South Africa winning gold and Australia the silver medal.

New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said it was great the ICC were pushing the women's game forward. He did not have any comment to make on the fact men's cricket was not pushed by the ICC.

"The ICC's bid to include women's T20 cricket in the Commonwealth Games is an exciting prospect for our White ferns and the game of cricket as a whole," he said.

"To have the ICC lead the way in taking cricket to new audiences and inspiring more young girls to take up the game fits perfectly with what NZC is trying to achieve in our own backyard."

White Ferns captain Amy Satterthwaite was thrilled her side could be in contention for a games medal.

"Having just attended the T20 World Cup and seeing the uptake of women's cricket, it's fantastic to hear it may now be included in the Commonwealth Games," she said.

"We know as players we have a responsibility to inspire the next generation of young cricketers to get involved in the sport we all love. The Commonwealth Games seems like the perfect vehicle to take the women's game around the world."

The ICC said the application for inclusion of women's cricket at the games is part of the global strategy 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 initially placed a bid for women's T20 when the games were to be hosted in Durban, and the bid was just a continuation of that, with the new location of Birmingham.

"Our research is telling us that cricket has just over one billion adult fans and 70 per cent of them want to watch more top quality women's competition," said Furlong.

She said the games would be a good platform for the women's game on an international scale.

"The Games would also open the women's game up to a different audience and help us accelerate its growth.

"The quicker we can fulfil the demand that's there, the quicker it can become more self sustainable and greater investment can be driven in not just internationally but domestically too."

The bid proposes an eight team T20 event played in two pools of four teams and totalling 16 matches in eight days held at two venues.

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