Commonwealth Games: T20 cricket proposed as a core sport; athletics, swimming compulsory

Cricket was last played at the Commonwealth Games in 1998. A women’s T20 version will be played at Birmingham 2022.

By Aarish Ansari
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The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), on Monday, proposed cricket to be added to the list of core sports for the upcoming editions of the quadrennial event.

Host cities of the Commonwealth Games have the freedom to conduct competitions of sports from the core list, which now features T20 cricket.

Along with T20 cricket, which is the shortest form of the game, beach volleyball and 3x3 basketball have also been recommended as core sports at the Commonwealth Games. Cricket was an optional sport earlier.

Badminton, boxing, table tennis, field hockey and weightlifting are some of the core sports in the Games’ program.

Cricket made its only appearance at the Commonwealth Games, when it was part of the 1998 edition held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The South African cricket team won the gold medal.

However, cricket is slated to make a comeback at the multi-sport event after 24 years.

Cricket will be a medal event at the 2022 Commonwealth Games and will be played in the T20 format among eight women’s teams.

Meanwhile given their historical importance to the event, popularity and gender balance, athletics and swimming have been recommended as the only compulsory sports at the Commonwealth Games.

A host city for the 2026 Commonwealth Games is yet to be determined.