The Commonwealth Games, sometimes referred to as the Friendly Games, is an international multi-sport event in which athletes belonging to Commonwealth Nations take part. For starters, 56 member states form the Commonwealth, including India. The tournament was first held in 1930, and, with the exception of 1942 and 1946 due to World War 2, has taken place every four years since then except in 1942 and 1946. New games have been included in every edition – in the upcoming edition we will see the Commonwealth Games Women’s Cricket competition 2022.
The event was inspired by the Inter-Empire Championships, which were held in London in 1911. The Commonwealth Games were founded in 1930 by Melville Marks Robinson, a Canadian journalist and sports executive.
The first official Commonwealth Games, called the British Empire Games at that time, were held in 1930 in Hamilton, Canada. 59 events across six sports were held and a total of 400 athletes from 11 countries were seen in action. The six sports were athletics, boxing, lawn bowls, rowing, aquatics, and wrestling. However, women were allowed to participate only in the swimming event which came under aquatics. All the remaining games were only for men. The nations that participated were Australia, Northern Ireland, British Guyana, Canada, England, New Zealand, Scotland, Bermuda, Newfoundland, South Africa and Wales.
The name of the event has changed four times over the years. From 1930 to 1950, it was the British Empire Games, from 1954 to 1966 it was the British Empire and Commonwealth Games, from 1970 to 1974 it was called the British Commonwealth Games and since 1978, the name Commonwealth Games has been used. The Commonwealth Games are overseen by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), which also selects the host cities.
Australia has hosted the Commonwealth Games the most number of times (five), followed by Canada (4), New Zealand and Scotland (3), England (2), and Wales, Jamaica, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and India (1). Australia, England, Canada and New Zealand have each won at least one gold medal in every edition of the Games.
The 2022 Commonwealth Games will be played in Birmingham from July 26. More than 5000 athletes from 72 Commonwealth nations will take part in the games which have 283 medals to offer. The Commonwealth Games 2022 will be the first time in an international multi-sport event when there will be more women’s events than men’s events. The latest women’s sports to be included in the event is women’s T20 cricket, which will be making its debut in the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Commonwealth Games Women’s Cricket competition 2022 Schedule
|Date & Time||Match||Venue|
|29th July 2022 (03:30 PM IST )||Australia vs India||Edgbaston|
|29th July 2022 (10:30 PM IST)||Barbados vs Pakistan||Edgbaston|
|31 July 2022 (03.30 PM IST)||India vs Pakistan||Edgbaston|
|31 July 2022 (10:30 PM IST)||Australia vs Barbados||Edgbaston|
|3 August 2022 (03:30 PM IST)||Australia vs Pakistan||Edgbaston|
|3 August 2022 (10:30 PM IST)||Barbados vs India||Edgbaston|
|30 July 2022 (03:30 PM IST)||New Zealand vs South Africa||Edgbaston|
|30 July 2022 (10:30 PM IST)||England vs Sri Lanka||Edgbaston|
|2 August 2022 (03:30 PM IST)||England vs South Africa||Edgbaston|
|2 August 2022 (10:30 PM IST)||New Zealand vs Sri Lanka||Edgbaston|
|4 August 2022 (03:30 PM IST)||South Africa vs Sri Lanka||Edgbaston|
|4 August 2022 (10:30 PM IST)||England vs New Zealand||Edgbaston|
|6 August 2022 (03:30 PM IST)||Semi-final||Edgbaston|
|6 August 2022 (10:30 PM IST)||Semi-final||Edgbaston|
|7 August 2022 (02.30 PM IST)||Bronze medal||Edgbaston|
|7 August 2022 (09.30 PM IST)||Final||Edgbaston|
Commonwealth Games Women’s Cricket competition 2022 Teams
Eight teams will participate in the women’s cricket competition at the Commonwealth Games 2022 – Australia, England, India, Pakistan, South Africa, New Zealand, Barbados and Sri Lanka. Group A will feature Australia, India, Barbados, Pakistan and Group B has England, New Zealand, South Africa and Sri Lanka.
Commonwealth Games Women’s Cricket competition 2022 : Full Squad details
Australia: Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes, Darcie Brown, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Grace Harris, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Tahlia McGrath, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Amanda-Jade Wellington
Barbados: Aaliyah Alleyne, Shanika Bruce, Shai Carrington, Shaunte Carrington, Shamilia Connell, Deandra Dottin, Keila Elliott, Trishan Holder, Kycia Knight, Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews, Alisa Scantlebury, Shakera Selman, Tiffany Thorpe, Aaliyah Williams.
England: Heather Knight (c), Maia Bouchier, Katherine Brunt, Alice Capsey, Kate Cross, Freya Davies, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Sarah Glenn, Amy Jones, Freya Kemp, Nat Sciver, Bryony Smith, Issy Wong, Danni Wyatt.
India: Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Sabbhineni Meghana, Taniya Sapna Bhatia, Yastika Bhatia, Deepti Sharma, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Pooja Vastrakar, Meghna Singh, Renuka Thakur, Jemimah Rodrigues, Radha Yadav, Harleen Deol, Sneh Rana.
New Zealand: Sophie Devine (c), Suzie Bates, Eden Carson, Izzy Gaze, Claudia Green, Maddy Green, Brooke Halliday, Hayley Jensen, Fran Jonas, Amelia Kerr, Rosemary Mair, Jess McFadyen, Georgia Plimmer, Hannah Rowe, Lea Tahuhu.
Pakistan: Bismah Maroof (c), Aiman Anwar, Aliya Riaz, Anam Amin, Ayesha Naseem, Diana Baig, Fatima Sana, Gull Feroza, Iram Javed, Kainat Imtiaz, Muneeba Ali Siddiqui, Nida Dar, Omaima Sohail, Sadia Iqbal, Tuba Hassan.
South Africa: Suné Luus (c), Chloé Tryon, Anneke Bosch, Trisha Chetty, Nadine de Klerk, Mignon du Preez, Lara Goodall, Shabnim Ismail, Sinalo Jafta, Marizanne Kapp, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Tumi Sekhukhune, Laura Wolvaardt
Sri Lanka – Chamari Athapaththu (c), Hasini Perera, Harshitha Samarawickrama, Vishmi Gunaratne, Malsha Shehani, Nilakshi de Silva, Kavisha Dilhari, Ama Kanchana, Achini Kulasuriya, Inoka Ranaweera, Udeshika Prabodhani, Sugandika Kumari, Rashmi de Silva, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Anushka Sanjeewani.
When is the 2022 commonwealth games cricket qualifier Matches?
2022 Commonwealth Games Cricket Qualifier was held from 18 – 24 January in which five teams participated for the 8th spot. Sri Lanka defeated Bangladesh by 22 runs to claim a place at the Commonwealth Games and their captain Chamari Athapaththu was named the player of the series.
When DID women’s t20 cricket commonwealth games?
Women’s cricket will be making its debut at the Commonwealth Games 2022. Eight teams will participate in the event including India and Pakistan. The last time cricket featured in the Commonwealth Games was in 1998, when men’s teams played in the ODI format.