ICC launches Super League qualification pathway for 2023 ODI World Cup in India

Dubai, July 27

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday launched the ODI Super League, a qualifier for the 2023 World Cup in India that goals so as to add context to the 50-over format.

Hosts India and the subsequent prime seven groups within the Super League will robotically qualify for the World Cup, the world physique said in a press launch.

The competitors begins with a sequence between world champions England and Ireland, starting at Southampton on July 30. The remainder of the schedule will likely be unveiled later.

“The league will bring relevance and context to ODI cricket over the next three years, as qualification for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 is at stake,” ICC’s GM Operation Geoff Allardice mentioned.

With T20 cricket thriving and Tests remaining the last word problem, former gamers reminiscent of Ricky Ponting have questioned the relevance of ODIs.

Featuring 13 groups, the 12 ICC Full Members and the Netherlands, who certified by successful the World Cricket Super League 2015-17, the Super League will see all sides play 4 dwelling and 4 away three-match sequence.

The 5 sides which fail to qualify straight will play together with 5 Associate sides within the Qualifier 2023, with two groups making it to the 10-team World Cup in India.

“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,” Allardice mentioned.

Each crew will get 10 factors for a win, 5 for a tie/no outcome/abandonment and none for a loss.

Teams will likely be ranked in accordance with complete factors earned throughout the eight sequence. There are standards in place to separate two or extra groups on equal factors.

“The start of the Super League was delayed due to COVID-19. As part of our contingency planning, we continue to work with Members to find windows where the rescheduled qualifying series can be safely and practically rescheduled,” the ICC said.

A knock-out section is not going to be wanted because the league standings will decide the qualification for the World Cup.

England captain Eoin Morgan mentioned the Super League fixture towards Ireland marks the beginning of their journey for the 2023 version.

“Given the situation, it will be quite different to the last time we played at home, when we lifted the World Cup at Lord’s, but it’s nice to be starting our journey for the next edition of the tournament,” he mentioned.

“I’m sure cricket fans all over the world will be excited to see white-ball cricket resume and we’re looking forward to the challenge. Ireland are a talented team who have shown over the years that they can beat the best on their day,” he added.

Ireland captain Andrew Balbirnie is hoping to place a aggressive present towards the world champions.

“It is obviously going to be a huge challenge taking on the team that won the World Cup just a year ago but we have prepared well and have taken confidence from our form over the early months of 2020,” mentioned Balbirnie.

“I hope international cricket’s return is steady during these challenging times,” he added. PTI 

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