Birmingham is set to bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games after the UK government have asked for British cities to submit proposals for staging the event.

Originally due to take place in South Africa, Durban was stripped of hosting the Games in March after failing to meet the criteria set by the Commonwealth Games Federation.

Cllr Ian Ward, chairman of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games Bid Company, said: “We now have confirmation from our consultants that a Birmingham bid for the Commonwealth Games would have a very strong chance of success.

“Given today’s announcement that the Government want to hear from cities interested in hosting the 2022 Games, we are making it clear we have an interest in being considered for the privilege.

“The feasibility study, if endorsed by the city council as hoped, puts us in prime position to do just that.”

Britain hosted the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, while the 2002 event was staged in Manchester.

The Commonwealth Games Federation is due to decide where the 2022 Games will be staged later this year.