The International Cricket Council (ICC) has now officially launched the Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League. This Men’s Cricket World Cup Super league will begin on the 30th of July in Southampton. The Super League will begin with a series between England and Ireland. This has been introduced to determine the qualification for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in 2023, in which the top seven teams automatically book their spot at the the biggest cricket event in India. The main aim behind the announcement of this World Cup Super League is to bring context to One-Day International (ODI) cricket and make it more interesting.
This World Cup Super League will be featuring 13 teams, the 12 ICC full members and the Netherlands, who qualified by winning the ICC World Cricket Super League 2015-17, the Super League will see each side play four home and four away three match series. “We are delighted to get the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League underway with World Cup winners England against Ireland” said Geoff Allardice, the ICC General Manager- Cricket Operations. “The League will bring relevance and context to ODI cricket over the next three years, as qualification for the 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. 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 said. Over the course of the league, each team will play four series at home and four away, with teams awarded 10 points for a win and 5 for no result or tie. All Super League assignments will be three-match series although teams will be free to schedule additional games, results for which will not be considered for league points.
The World Super League was originally scheduled to begin in May 2020 and run until March 2022 before Coronavirus pandemic pushed back the start date to July 30. Both the English captain as well as the Irish captain were looking forward to playing cricket again and to the ICC Men’s World Cup Super league. Morgan, the England captain, said “It’s nice to start our journey for the next edition of the tournament”. Andrew Balbirnie, The Ireland captain, said “It’s a privilege to be playing in the inaugural series of the ICC Men’s World Cup Super League. It is obviously going to be a huge challenge taking on the team that won the World Cup just a year ago”.