The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) and the International Cricket Council (ICC) have announced the qualification process for cricket, which makes a historic appearance at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, scheduled from 28 July to 8 August.

In what is seen as a huge opportunity to turbo-charge the growth of the game, and take it to new fans, women’s cricket will be a part of the Commonwealth Games for the first time ever, and it will only be the second time that cricket will feature in it after a men’s competition was part of the Games in Kuala Lumpur in 1998.

The qualification process announced on Wednesday grants hosts England one spot while six other highest ranked ICC Members in the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s T20I Team Rankings as of 1 April 2021 also qualify directly for the eight-team tournament, which will be held in a city that has an iconic cricket venue in Edgbaston.

The remaining place will be allocated to the winner of a Commonwealth Games Qualifier, the format and details of which will be announced in due course. The deadline for the Qualifier is 31 January 2022.

Eligible ICC Members to compete in the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

Australia            Malaysia                                Cayman island                   PNG                      Malawi

Bahamas             Maldives                              Cook Island                    Rwanda                    West Indies

Bangladesh        Malta                                      Cyprus                             Samoa

Belize                  Mozambique                         England                           Scotland

Bermuda             Namibia                                Eswatini                          Seychelles

Botswana            New Zealand                         Falkland Islands            Sierra Leone

Cameroon           Nigeria                                 Fiji                                   Singapore

Canada                 Pakistan                                Ghana                               South Africa

Gibraltar              Sri Lanka                               India                                 Tanzania

Guernsey             St Helena                              Isle of Man                       The Gambia

Jersey                   Turks & Caicos Islands      Kenya                               Uganda

Kenya                   Uganda  Lesotho                   Lesotho                           Vanuatu