Cricket Australia has backed the International Cricket Council's (ICC) bid for the inclusion of Women's T20 cricket at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
The bid was made in partnership with the England and Wales Cricket Board and could see cricket make its second appearance at the Games.
The first appearance of cricket came with the men at Kuala Lumpur in 1998 but the ICC's application for inclusion for 2022 is part of their global strategy to inspire and empower women and girls.
Along with cricket, there are four other sports seeking to be added to the Birmingham 2022 line-up including archery, shooting, para-table tennis and volleyball.
Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts said it was exciting that cricket could feature at the Games.
“It’s exciting to think that cricket could potentially feature at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham," he said.
“Our women’s team are great ambassadors for the game and our country, inspiring the next generation of girls and boys in Australia to chase their sporting dreams.
“It is no surprise that the popularity of the women’s game is at an all-time high in Australia, both in terms of participation at community level and fans following women’s international cricket and the WBBL.
“We fully support the ICC’S bid to have Women’s T20I cricket included in this event, and know if it was to happen, it would be a great outcome for the 2022, Commonwealth Games, and the future of cricket for women, men, girls and boys worldwide,” Roberts said.
The bid has the potential to win as the Commonwealth Games Federation head towards equality and at the moment, only 40 percent of athletes at the Games are women.