2022 Commonwealth Games: India vs. Australia in opening match

Cricket became the first discipline to announce its line-up for the 2022 Commonwealth Games to be held in Birmingham. This was after Sri Lanka came to England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Australia and Barbados as the eight teams that will take part in cricket make a historic comeback in the event.

It will only be the second time that cricket has been played in the multidisciplinary event, after a men’s competition was part of the 1998 Kuala Lumpur Games.

South Africa led by Shaun Pollock won the gold on that occasion, defeating Steve Waugh’s Australian side by four wickets in the final. ICC Hall of Famers Sachin Tendulkar of India, Jacques Kallis of South Africa and Mahela Jayawardene of Sri Lanka were among the many stars part of the Games then.

In a statement released, the ICC said on Tuesday that the league-cum-knockout tournament will begin this time with a match between ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 finalists Australia and India on July 29, with the bronze and gold medal matches scheduled for August 7. Barbados and Pakistan are in Group A along with Australia and India, while England, New Zealand, South Africa and Sri Lanka form Group B.

“It’s good to have finalized the identity of the teams participating in the Commonwealth Games and congratulations to Sri Lanka for making it after they played so well in qualifying. We will have eight of the have best teams competing for the gold and I’m sure we’ll see a very competitive tournament.

“The Commonwealth Games are an important part of the women’s cricket calendar for next year. It’s a huge opportunity for us to take cricket outside the traditional strongholds and give more people around the world the chance to enjoy the game. while the players look forward to participating in multi-sport games.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Commonwealth Games Federation once again for their support and hope to see some top quality cricket at Edgbaston,” said ICC Chief Executive Geoff Allardice.

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, held from July 28 to August 8, will feature 4,500 athletes from 72 nations and territories competing over the 11 spectacular days of sport. Birmingham 2022 will be the first major multi-sport event in history to award more medals to women than men.

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