ICC’s (International Cricket Council) much-awaited ODI Cricket endeavour – Cricket World Cup Super League – is all set to commence by the upcoming ODI series between England and Ireland on July 30. The Cricket World Cup Super League was announced first in June 2018, when ICC introduced the Test Championship introduced along with the Test Championship to bring some life in the decreasing popularity of longer versions of the game.
Originally, the World Cup Super League was planned to kick start in May 2020 but the CoViD-19 pandemic forced the ICC to alter the dates. The World Cup Super League will serve as a qualification pathway for the participants of 2023 Men’s World Cup and is supposed to run until March 2022.
The league will include the matches played between the Thirteen participants teams,of which the top seven teams, apart from host India, will directly qualify for the 2023 World Cup. Netherlands, the title winners of the ICC World Cricket League 2015-17,will also feature in the 13 teams.
The bottom five teams will than clash for the final two spots of the 10- team Mega tournament. The final teams will be decided by the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier, where they will compete with the teams from Associate countries. The teams from Associate nations will include the teams that have progressed from the Cricket World Cup League 2 as well as the teams form the two Cricket World Cup Challenge Leagues.
The Cricket World Cup League 2 series was scheduled to be staged in Namibia in this September but like most of the series so far, the tournament has been postponed and will be rescheduled in near future.
Over the course of the league, each team will play four series at home and four away. Of the two teams, the winning team will fetch 10 points and in case of no result or Tieboth teams will be awarded 5 points each.
ICC has also defined the match limit of all Super League assignments to three-match. However, if the two competing teams want to add more matches in the series, the additional matches will not be counted as the World Super League assignments.