The International Cricket Council (ICC) has officially announced the inaugural ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League, starting with England’s one-day series against Ireland.
The competition has been brought in to help take One Day Cricket to a whole new level. The brand new league will be used as a qualification system for the next ICC World Cup, which is due to be held in India in 2023.
According to a statement released by the Apex body, 13 teams will participate, including 12 full members and the Netherlands. The top 7 teams in the final table will earn straight qualification. All teams will play four series at home and away, with each consisting of 3 games.
“The league will bring relevance and context to ODI cricket over the next three years, as the qualification for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 is at stake. The Super League gives cricket fans around the world even more reasons to watch as the drama of league cricket unfolds.” Geoff Allardice, ICC general manager for cricket operations, said.
“The decision last week to move the World Cup back to late 2023 gives us more time to schedule any games lost due to COVID-19 and preserve the integrity of the qualification process, meaning it will be decided on the field of play, which is important,” he added.