The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday, July 27 officially launched the inaugural ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League.
The host India and next top seven teams in Super League will automatically qualify for the World Cup, the world body stated in a press release. The competition will begin on July 30 between world champions England and Ireland.
What’s the “Super League”
Introduced to bring context to One-Day International (ODI) cricket, the Super League will determine qualification for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 with the top seven teams automatically booking their spot at the event in India, ICC said in the statement.
The Super League features 13 teams-12 full members of the ICC and Netherlands.
Commenting on the launch, Geoff Allardice, ICC General Manager – Cricket Operations said, “We are delighted to get the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League underway with World Cup winners England against Ireland, “ ICC’s official website quoted Allardice as saying.
“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,” he added.
“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 further added.
Start with England vs Ireland ODIs
Eoin Morgan, Captain of England said it’s good to start their journey for the next edition of the tournament.
“We’re looking forward to playing cricket again and to the ICC Men’s World Cup Super League. 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 said.
“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 is a talented team that has shown over the years that they can beat the best on their day. We look forward to what promises to be an interesting series.” he added.