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Monday, September 04, 2017
No Cricket in 2022 Commonwealth Games

Cricket will not be part of the 2022 Commonwealth Games whichever city stages them, it has been revealed.

It was planned that cricket would be part of the programme after Durban were awarded the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The South African city were subsequently stripped of the event in March after failing to meet a series of financial deadlines.

Birmingham and Liverpool both hoped to include the sport if they were chosen to replace Durban.

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), however, wanted both men and women to be included on the programme to ensure gender diversity.

Several full member nations from the International Cricket Council (ICC) are opposed to the inclusion of men's cricket in 2022 as it would clash with other events, ESPNcricinfo reported.

These include a planned Test series between England and India.

insidethegames had reported last month that Birmingham had already dropped plans to include cricket on their programme if they are awarded the Commonwealth Games by the CGF.

Liverpool will now, it appears, have to abandon their proposal to include the sport.

They planned to hold matches at Old Trafford in neighbouring Manchester.

"Cricket is no longer scheduled to be part of the Games," Warwickshire chief executive Neil Snowball told ESPNcricinfo.

"We've just run out of time, really.

"The Commonwealth Games Federation want gender equality and discussion within the ICC about whether members want to send men's teams is unresolved.

"Combined with issues over the number of athletes, I don't see any way cricket can be included in 2022."

Cricket has only appeared in the Commonwealth Games once so far.

That was at Kuala Lumpur in 1998 when a men's tournament featuring some of the world's top players took place.

The tournament was won by South Africa, who beat Australia by four wickets.

Notable countries missing from the competition included England.

Snowball will remain a non-executive director of the Birmingham 2022 bid.

But Edgbaston, which was scheduled to host many of the matches with others to be held at New Road in Worcester, will now only host a business expo if the city is chosen to host.

"Even without cricket, I genuinely believe the Birmingham bid is high value, low risk and very strong option," Snowball told ESPNcricinfo..

"It is a shame we couldn't get cricket in there, but the people of Birmingham will still welcome the Games with open arms."

A decision on which city will be chosen as England's candidate to be put forward to the CGF is expected to be made later this week by the British Government.
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