Mumbai: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday launched the ODI Super League, a qualifier for the 2023 World Cup in India, which aims to add context to the 50-over format.
Host India and the next top seven teams in the Super League will automatically qualify for the World Cup, the world body said in a press release.
The competition begins with a series between world champions England and Ireland starting on 30 July in Southampton. The rest of the schedule will be unveiled later.
ICC’s GM Operation Geoff Allardice said, “This league will bring relevance and context to ODI cricket over the next three years, as qualification is at stake for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.”
With the end of T20 cricket and the final challenge remaining in the Test, former players like Ricky Ponting have questioned the relevance of ODIs.
Featuring 13 teams, 12 ICC full members, and the Netherlands, who qualified to win the World Cricket Super League 2015-17, the Super League will play each side four home and four away three matches.
The five sides who fail to qualify directly will play in the qualifier 2023 with five associate sides, with two teams participating in the 10-team World Cup in India.
“The decision to go back to the 2023 World Cup last week gives us more time to schedule any games lost due to COVID-19 and to maintain the integrity of the qualification process, which means that it will be a field of play. But a decision will be made, which is important, “Allardice said.
Each team gets 10 points for a win, five for a tie/result/abandonment, and none for a defeat.
Teams will be ranked according to the total points earned in all eight series. There are criteria for separating two or more teams at the same points.
The ICC stated, “The start of the Super League was delayed due to COVID-19. We continue to work with the members as part of our contingency plan, where the scheduled qualifying series can be safely and practically rescheduled.”
A knock-out stage will not be required as the league standings will determine qualification for the World Cup.