Cricket at the Commonwealth Games

Cricket has only been contested at the Commonwealth Games once, for the 1998 Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games. The matches were 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. This was a one-off event, though several times since this tournament in 1998 there have been talks of including cricket in the Commonwealth Games program again.

Sixteen teams participated in the 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.

Cricket is not on either of the core or optional sports lists, though the Commonwealth Games Federation are in talks with the ICC, and the cricketing authorities of Commonwealth countries, on the best route to bring 20/20 cricket to the Commonwealth Games.

The plans to include cricket in the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham UK have been abandoned.



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