Cricket at the Commonwealth Games
Cricket has only been contested at the Commonwealth Games once, for the 1998 Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games, though is making a comeback and will be returning to the Commonwealth Games program in 2022. In 1988 it was an ODI tournament for men, the 2020 event is a T20 tournament for women only.
2020 cricket tournament
A women's T20 cricket tournament has been added to the program for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The tournament will take place between eight teams at the Edgbaston cricket ground.
There will be eight participating teams. One group is Australia, India, Pakistan and Barbados, while England, New Zealand, South Africa and a yet-to-be-determined qualifier make up the other group. There will be a qualifying tournament between Bangladesh, Kenya, Malaysia, Scotland and Sri Lanka to determine the final nation to be included. The west Indies team qualified, but as athletes from the Caribbean represent their individual countries at the Commonwealth Games, it was determined that Barbados take the West Indies' spot in the event.
The top two sides in each group will advance to semi-finals, before the final and the bronze medal play-off are both held on August 7.
1988 cricket tournament
The 1988 Commonwealth Games cricket tournament was held in the ODI format, 50 overs per side. The event was won by South Africa, defeating Australia in the final. New Zealand won the bronze medal. Sixteen teams participated in the 1988 tournament, including many non-test cricket nations such as Kenya, Scotland, Malaysia and Northern Ireland. However, England chose not to send a team due to the clash with County cricket.
- Apart from the West Indies (whose members send separate national teams to the Commonwealth Games), the only Test playing nation that did not send a team in 1998 was England. England declined to send a team as the September date chosen clashed with other cricket fixtures.
- The only century in Commonwealth Games history was an unbeaten 100 scored by Australian Steve Waugh.