Monday, 5 February 2018

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

New Delhi: Cricket could once more reunite in Commonwealth Games fold after nearly 24 years when Birmingham proceeds to win the bid to host the 2022 variant.

According to ESPNcricinfo Birmingham was 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 problems.

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The time the cricket of men was held in 1998 in Kuala Lumpur in which India didn’t qualify to get semi-finals. Sachin Tendulkar played for India at the 1998 CWG.

Women’s cricket has been included in the Durban schedule but Neil Snowball, the Warwickshire chief executive and also a part of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games bid company, has shown that the aim to add men’s cricket, too, subject to the arrangement of the ECB and ICC. The arrangement will be T20.

The games have to be held at the New Road home of Worcestershire and at Edgbaston. Birmingham won’t be the only city vying to measure in as hosts. Cities in Canada, Malaysia and Australia are all expected to apply, while Liverpool also have confirmed their interest.

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


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