The International Cricket Council (ICC), the apex cricket body, has officially announced the inaugural ODI World Cup Super League tournament for men’s cricket. After the ICC Test Championship, the governing body decided to conduct the tournament to bring relevance to the bilateral ODI games.
156 games will be played in the World Cup Super League starting on 30 July with a three-match ODI series between England and Ireland.
There will be 13 teams participating in the tournament
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- Sri Lanka
- West Indies
The Dutch have booked their berth in the tournament as the thirteenth team after featuring associate members at the 2015–17 ICC World Cricket League Championship.
Only one team will be declared the champion. The top seven teams will gain an automatic qualification in the 2023 ODI World Cup to be held in India.
With India as hosts, even placed eighth in the table will gain automatic qualification. The rest of the teams still have a chance to qualify. The five teams will have to go to the loggerheads along with the allied nations in the 2023 ODI World Cup qualifier.
As far as the points distribution system is concerned, each team will score 10 points if they win the match and 5 points will be shared when the match is tied or dropped. If the team loses then no points will be awarded.
Most importantly, each team will play a three-match ODI series against eight of the 12 nations, with their home and away legs. Therefore, the four series will be played at home, and the rest will be played.
Therefore, not all teams will be against each other, much like the ICC Test Championship. India will not face Pakistan in the tournament.
Eoin Morgan, England captain, said: “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.