St John’s (Antigua), August 15 (IANS) The Barbados women’s team is participating in the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, as the “representative” side of the West Indies, Cricket West Indies (CWI) has said.
The Commonwealth Games will be held from July 28 to August 8, and the women’s cricket tournament will be held for the first time at Edgbaston.
This follows the CWI board’s decision on July 30 to postpone the T20 Blaze tournament in 2021 and the women’s CG Insurance Super50 Cup in 2021 to 2022. The CWI T20 Blaze competition in 2021 was to be the West Indies qualifier for the Commonwealth Games.
“Following the postponement, the Barbados Women’s team will be the representative team from the Caribbean as a result of their victory in the CWI T20 Blaze Tournament 2020 and in accordance with the Commonwealth Games Association Tournament rules agreed by the International Cricket Council (ICC),” said CWI Saturday.
The decision to postpone regional women’s cricket tournaments was taken with the news of the recently announced women’s international ODI and T20 matches between the Caribbean and South Africa-31. August to September 19 — and the ongoing logistical challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic that require multiple teams to be hosted in one country.
“This has made it very challenging to find a suitable schedule window,” CWI said.
“We would like to congratulate the Barbados Women’s team for being nominated to represent the Caribbean at the Commonwealth Games 2022. This is a historic occasion as it is the first Twenty20 cricket for women to attend this prestigious global sporting event, which is a big nip. for our sport and great exposure and opportunity for the players. We wish them all the best as they compete for the gold medal and we know they will continue to make the West Indies proud, ”said CWI CEO Johnny Grave.
“It has been a challenging period with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on our doorstep, and we have been forced to make the decision to postpone the Women’s T20 Blaze and Women’s CG Insurance Super50 Cup for this year. However, we have been able to invest in several high-performance camps and international matches for the women’s team, led by Courtney Walsh and his coaching staff. These have been extremely beneficial and we have identified a core group of players best available in the region for ICC Women’s World Cup qualifiers that will benefit from the extra resources that CWI commits to preparing the West Indies Women’s squad. ”