The qualification process for cricket at the 2022 Commonwealth Games has been announced and, as hosts, Team England have secured automatic qualification.
It means Heather Knight’s team will be one of eight nations taking part in the event in Birmingham, cricket’s first appearance at the Commonwealth Games since the men’s competition in Kuala Lumpur in 1998 - and the first time ever for women’s cricket.
Coverage of the 2022 Commonwealth Games will be live on the BBC, with Edgbaston playing host in what is set to be a bumper year for women’s cricket.
The qualifying process is as follows:
- 1 x Host CGA (automatic qualification)
- 6 x Direct Qualification – top six highest ranked CGAs in the ICC IT20 rankings as at 1 April 2021 (excluding the Host CGA)
- 1 x Commonwealth Qualifier - top placed CGA from a Commonwealth Games Qualifier, not otherwise qualified through Direct Qualification or Host CGA representation.
England captain Heather Knight said: “It’s incredibly exciting that we’re going to be taking part in a Commonwealth Games on home soil. It’s an event I’ve often watched, and I never really imagined I’d be taking part, so it feels really special.
“It’s another fantastic opportunity for the game of cricket, with coverage live on the BBC, and the chance to reach the thousands of fans who like attending multi-sport events.
“We can’t wait to be in Birmingham amongst all the other athletes, and we’re counting down towards 2022 – it’s going to be a huge year for us and for women’s cricket in general.”