The women’s cricket team will be competing at the Commonwealth Games 2022 for the first time in history when the games get underway in Birmingham next week. Cricket is part of the CWG for just the second time and makes a comeback after 1998 when men’s 50-over cricket was part of the multi-nation tournament.
England allrounder Danielle Wyatt We cannot wait. Obviously, it is new for us, and being part of the Commonwealth Games is a dream come true. I have always watched it. I have always watched the Olympics as well and it really kicked in last week when we had the kitting out day, we are all really, really excited for it. Everyone that is here deserves to be playing for England. It is definitely a good sign for the future of the Commonwealth Games.”
Indian opener and vice-captain Smriti Mandhana said, “The mood is very good in the camp and we are very excited to compete at the CWG. We definitely aiming for gold and now just a podium finish. We have watched the Olympics and CWG on TV and I myself got goosebumps when the national anthem was played with Neeraj Chopra getting the gold medal in Tokyo. We want to replicate that feeling although this is not the Olympics. As I said, none of us have had the experience of playing in the CWG before. We would love to imagine ourselves getting on the top podium and getting gold medals after winning the final. We are really excited and looking to enjoy ourselves at the CWG. The groups were decided long back so we have our plans in place for Australia, Pakistan, and Barbados.”