Melbourne. Australian women’s team captain Meg Lenning is hopeful that the inclusion of cricket in the Commonwealth Games will pave the way for it in the Olympics. Cricket is returning for the first time since 1998 at the Commonwealth Games starting on 28 July in Birmingham. The Australian men’s team won the silver medal in cricket at the 1998 Commonwealth Games. Women’s cricket has got a place in the games for the first time. A total of 8 teams have been included in this. The women’s teams of India and Pakistan are in the same group.
Meg Lenning told BBC Sports, ‘Cricket in the Olympics will be amazing. The game will also get new viewers. He said that with this people all over the world would watch cricket and the popularity of cricket, especially women’s cricket, would increase there. The Olympic Games are to be held in Paris in 2024, Los Angeles in 2028 and Brisbane in 2032. Lenning said that I do not know what are the necessary criteria to be included in the Olympics, but from the point of view of the players it will be wonderful. Maybe it will happen in the future, but by that time I’ll probably be out of my game.
eye on gold medal
In the Commonwealth Games, 8 teams will participate in the 10-day Women’s T20 tournament and Lenning is eyeing the gold medal. He said that we would like to win gold. All the players are very excited. This is a new challenge and has come at the right time for our team. Australia won the Women’s World Cup under the captaincy of Lenning.
South Africa team became champion
Cricket was included in the Commonwealth Games for the first time in 1998. Then the tournaments were held on the basis of 50 over format. In the final, South Africa defeated Australia by 4 wickets. Australia’s team was all out after scoring 183 runs while playing first. Steve Waugh scored the highest unbeaten 90 runs. South Africa achieved the target by losing 6 wickets. New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 51 runs in the bronze medal match.
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 14, 2022, 13:47 IST