Sports Desk – The International Cricket Council (ICC) has started the ODI Super League on Monday, which is a qualifier for the 2023 Cricket World Cup in India. That aims to add context to the 50-over format. Hosts India and the next top seven teams in the Super League will automatically qualify for the World Cup, the world body stated in a press release. The Super League will begin with a series between world champions England and Ireland.
The ODI series between the two countries will be played in Southampton from 30 July. The rest of the schedule will be announced later. ICC Operations General Manager Geoff Allardice said, “This league will make ODI cricket meaningful and relevant in the next three years, as the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 qualification will be at stake.”
With T20 cricket thriving and Tests remaining the ultimate challenge, former players such as Ricky Ponting have questioned the relevance of ODIs.
Featuring 13 teams, the 12 ICC Full Members and the Netherlands, who qualified by winning the World Cricket Super League 2015-17, the Super League will see each side play four home and four away three-match series.
The five sides which fail to qualify directly will play along with five Associate sides in the Qualifier 2023, with two teams making it to the 10-team World Cup in India.
Each team gets 10 points for a win, five for a tie/no result/abandonment and none for a loss.
Teams will be ranked according to total points earned across the eight series. There are criteria in place to separate two or more teams on equal points.
The ICC CWC Super League, which will add context to ODI series and help determine qualification for the ICC Men's @cricketworldcup 2023, gets under way with the #ENGvIRE series.#RoadToCWC23— ICC (@ICC) July 27, 2020
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