The Commonwealth Games 2022 will be taking place from July 28 to August 8 in the English city of Birmingham, and it will be the 22nd edition of the quadrennial sporting event. An interesting aspect of this year’s Games is that cricket returns to the event for the first time after 24 years.
While the List A men’s tournament was held at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, the 2022 edition is all set to introduce women’s cricket in the T20 format. Eight teams will be participating in the upcoming tournament, with Sri Lanka Women being the latest side to officially announce their 15-member squad.
While England Women secured an automatic qualification being the host nation, the other five teams India, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, and Pakistan, qualified on the basis of the ICC Women’s T20I Rankings within the stipulated cut-off date of April 1, 2021. Sri Lanka and Barbados are the final two sides who succeeded in booking their tickets to the UK.
As far as the cricket tournament is concerned, 16 T20 matches are set to be played across ten days, with all eight participants being divided into two groups- A and B. The reigning T20 world champions Australia will take on the runners-up India in the curtain-raiser that will be played on Friday, July 29. At the same time, all eyes will also be on India’s next group fixture against arch-rivals Pakistan on Sunday, July 31.
The Commonwealth Games 2022 including the women’s T20 tournament, can be watched live on Sony TEN 1, Sony TEN 2, Sony TEN 3, Sony SIX, and Sony TEN 4 channels. The tournament can be live-streamed on the Sony LIV app.
No matches are scheduled to take place on August 1. The semifinals will be played on August 6 while the two medal games would be contested on August 7. India’s group fixtures against Australia and Pakistan will kick off at 4:30 pm IST whereas, the final group match against Barbados Women will be played at 11:30 pm IST.
India Squad: Harmanpreet Kaur (C), Smriti Mandhana (VC), Shafali Verma, S Meghana, Taniya Sapna Bhatia (Wk), Yastika Bhatia (Wk), Deepti Sharma, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Pooja Vastrakar, Meghna Singh, Renuka Singh, Jemimah Rodrigues, Radha Yadav, Harleen Deol, Sneh Rana.
Australia Squad: Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes (vc), 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
Pakistan Squad: Bismah Maroof (c), Muneeba Ali (wk), Anam Amin, Aiman Anwer, Diana Baig, Nida Dar, Gull Feroza (wk), Tuba Hassan, Kainat Imtiaz, Sadia Iqbal, Iram Javed, Ayesha Naseem, Aliya Riaz, Fatima Sana, Omaima Sohail
New Zealand Squad: 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
England Squad: Heather Knight (Captain), 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
South Africa Squad: Suné Luus (c), Anneke Bosch, Trisha Chetty, Lara Goodall, Sinalo Jafta, Marizanne Kapp, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Nadine de Klerk, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Mignon du Preez, Tumi Sekhukhune, Shabnim Ismail, Chloe Tryon, Laura Wolvaardt
Sri Lanka Squad: 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
Barbados Squad: Hayley Matthews (c), Aaliyah Alleyne, Shanika Bruce, Shai Carrington, Shaunte Carrington, Shamilia Connell, Deandra Dottin, Keila Elliott, Trishan Holder, Kycia Knight, Kyshona Knight, Alisa Scantlebury, Shakera Selman, Tiffany Thorpe, Aaliyah Williams