Commonwealth Games 2022: India, Australia face-to-face opener in women’s cricket tournament | cricket news

India will face Australia in the opening match when women’s cricket makes its debut at the 2022 Commonwealth Games on July 29, while the final will be played on August 7, the organizers announced on Friday. Women’s cricket is debuting in the Commonwealth Games with the T20 format. The last time cricket was played in a multi-sport showpiece was in the 1998 edition in Kuala Lumpur. “The Women’s Cricket T20 competition will take place at Edgbaston Stadium from 29 July, with the bronze and gold medal matches on 7 August,” the ECB said in a statement.

The first match on the schedule will see Australia take on India in the opening session on 29 July, followed by Pakistan playing Barbados, which was recently confirmed as the West Indies team that will take part in the competition.

Other highlights on the schedule include India against Pakistan on July 31. Australia will also take on Pakistan on August 3. Hosts England will be in action for the first time on 30 July, when they take on the winner of the qualifying tournament. Due in early 2022. They will play South Africa in the opening session on 2 August, followed by a third match against New Zealand in the evening session on 4 August.

Seven of the eight qualifiers for the T20 competition were announced in April and the final squad was to be finalized at the end of January 2022.

ICC Acting Chief Executive Geoff Allardyce said: “We have seen tremendous growth in the women’s sport over the past few years and the Commonwealth Games will undoubtedly be another major moment in that journey.

“Today’s announcement of the match schedule gives fans a lot to look forward to, at least with the opening game between ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 finalists Australia and India and we know Edgbaston will provide a great platform for the competition. will do.”

The netball schedule was also announced on Friday.

Match schedules for the two-team games are announced just weeks before Birmingham 2022 tickets are expected to go on general sale.

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Matt Kidson, sporting director for Birmingham 2022, said: “Not surprisingly we have already sold thousands of tickets for both the netball and cricket T20 seasons through our ticket ballots …

“…but we know that some fans are waiting to find out the details of the match schedule before choosing which season they want to participate in, so we are hoping that the ticket sales These games will sell out quickly when they go live.”

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