Women’s cricket is all set to mark its debut at the Commonwealth Games later this month in Birmingham, England. All of the cricket action will be live from the Edgbaston Cricket Ground, the home of Warwickshire Cricket Club from the 29th of July to the 7th of August, it’ll be played in the Twenty20 format and will feature 8 nations fighting it out for podium finishes. The last time cricket featured on the Games schedule was back in 1998, it then had the men’s side play in the long 50-over format.
GROUPS AT THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES
Group A features Australia, India, Barbados, Pakistan and Group B features England, New Zealand, South Africa and Sri Lanka. Hosts, England were handed a direct qualification and the six highest-ranked teams too directly made it to the mix for the Games. Sri Lanka underwent a qualifier that was played early this year in Malaysia, it saw them hand Bangladesh a 22 run defeat to make it to the vacant, 8th spot for the Commonwealth Games.
PAKISTAN’S CRICKET SQUAD FOR THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES:
Bismah Maroof (c), Aiman Anwar, Aliya Riaz, Anam Amin, Ayesha Naseem, Diana Baig, Fatima Sana, Gull Feroza, Iram Javed, Kainat Imtiaz, Muneeba Ali Siddiqui, Nida Dar, Omaima Sohail, Sadia Iqbal, Tuba Hassan.
NEW ZEALAND’S SQUAD FOR THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES:
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.
AUSTRALIA’S SQUAD FOR THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES:
Meg Lanning (C), Rachael Haynes, 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.
BARBADOS’ SQUAD FOR THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES:
Aaliyah Alleyne, Shanika Bruce, Shai Carrington, Shaunte Carrington, Shamilia Connell, Deandra Dottin, Keila Elliott, Trishan Holder, Kycia Knight, Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews, Alisa Scantlebury, Shakera Selman, Tiffany Thorpe, Aaliyah Williams.
SRI LANKA’S SQUAD FOR THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES:
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
INDIA’S SQUAD FOR THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES:
Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Sabbhineni Meghana, Taniya Sapna Bhatia, Yastika Bhatia, Deepti Sharma, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Pooja Vastrakar, Meghna Singh, Renuka Thakur, Jemimah Rodrigues, Radha Yadav, Harleen Deol, Sneh Rana.
SOUTH AFRICA’S SQUAD FOR THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES:
Suné Luus (c), Chloé Tryon, Anneke Bosch, Trisha Chetty, Nadine de Klerk, Mignon du Preez, Lara Goodall, Shabnim Ismail, Sinalo Jafta, Marizanne Kapp, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Tumi Sekhukhune, Laura Wolvaardt
ENGLAND’S SQUAD FOR THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES:
Heather Knight (c), 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.
A growing rivalry in women’s cricket between Australia and India will be the curtain-raiser on the 29th of July. With double headers on every match day, Pakistan will face Barbados later on the same opening day, the 29th of July.
SCHEDULE FOR THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2022
|29th July 2022 (11:00)||Australia vs India||Edgbaston|
|29th July 2022 (18:00)||Barbados vs Pakistan||Edgbaston|
|31 July 2022 (11:00)||India vs Pakistan||Edgbaston|
|31 July 2022 (18:00)||Australia vs Barbados||Edgbaston|
|3 August 2022 (11:00)||Australia vs Pakistan||Edgbaston|
|3 August 2022 (18:00)||Barbados vs India||Edgbaston|
|30 July 2022 (11:00)||New Zealand vs South Africa||Edgbaston|
|30 July 2022 (18:00)||England vs Sri Lanka||Edgbaston|
|2 August 2022 (11:00)||England vs South Africa||Edgbaston|
|2 August 2022 (18:00)||New Zealand vs Sri Lanka||Edgbaston|
|4 August 2022 (11:00)||South Africa vs Sri Lanka||Edgbaston|
|4 August 2022 (18:00)||England vs New Zealand||Edgbaston|
|6 August 2022 (11:00)||Semi-final||Edgbaston|
|6 August 2022 (18:00)||Semi-final||Edgbaston|
|7 August 2022||Final||Edgbaston|
Having just witnessed an ODI World Cup of close finishes we surely are spoilt for a lot more of the same and it’s just not wrong of us to expect nothing short of another great spectacle in what’s expected to be another cracker of an event on display by the women at the Commonwealth Games, Birmingham.
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