The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday started the ODI Super League which is the qualifier of the 2023 World Cup in India. The aim is to make the 50-over format more relevant. The ICC said in a press release that hosts India and the next seven teams topping the Super League will directly qualify for the World Cup.
England-Ireland series start
The Super League will begin with a series between world champions England and Ireland. The ODI series between the two countries will be played in Southampton from 30 July. The rest of the program will be announced later.
The importance of ODI cricket will increase
ICC Operations General Manager Geoff Allardyce said, “This league will make ODI cricket meaningful and relevant in the next three years as the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 qualification is at stake.”
One day stuck in the middle
T20 cricket is thriving while Test cricket is the highest challenge. In such a situation, former players like Ricky Ponting have questioned the relevance of ODIs. There will be 13 teams participating in the Super League which includes 12 full members of the ICC and the Netherlands. Netherlands won the World Cricket Super League 2015-17 and made it to the Super League.
What will be the format
Each team in the Super League will play four series of three matches at home and four overseas. The five teams that fail to qualify directly from the Super League will compete with five associate teams in qualifiers 2023 and two of them will qualify for the 10 teams World Cup to be held in India.
How to get points
Allardyce said, “The decision to hold the World Cup last week in the final months of 2023 will give more time for the matches lost to Kovid-19” Five points will be awarded for the canceled matches. No points will be awarded for defeat. The teams will be ranked on the basis of the scores obtained from the eight series. Rules have been put in place to determine if two or more teams have the same number of points.
The ICC said the start of the Super League has been postponed due to the Corona virus epidemic. The knockout phase will not be necessary as qualification for the World Cup will be decided based on the place in the points table.
Beginning with lords
England captain Eoin Morgan said the Super League matches against Ireland would begin his journey for the 2023 tournament. “Looking at the situation the last time we played at home and picked up the World Cup at Lord's, it would be very different from that but it is good to start our journey for the next tournament,” he said.
Ireland captain Andrew Balbirnie hoped that he would be able to present a tough challenge to the world champion team. He said, 'Of course playing against the team that won the World Cup a year ago will be a big challenge but we have prepared well and are taking confidence from our form in the early months of 2020.'