The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday officially announced the inaugural ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League. The league will kickstart from July 30, 2020, at Southampton with the series between England and Ireland.
The ICC has come up with this league which will determine the qualification for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 after competing in the league. Based on their performances, the top 7 teams will make it to India in the next edition of the ODI World Cup.
The Super League will feature as many as 13 teams including the Netherlands, who are the latest inclusion in the list after they won ICC World Cricket Super League 2015-17. The format of the Super League is interesting as it would require each team play a total of 8 games, four of which would be at home while the other four outside home.
“We are delighted to get the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League underway with world cup winners England against Ireland.
The league will bring relevance and context to ODI cricket over the next three years, as a 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.” ICC General Manager Geoff Allardice said.
The Super first Super League series between will take place before England’s Test series against Pakistan starting from August 5. England’s ODI skipper Eoin Morgan will be joining the side ahead for this series against Ireland, starting from July 30.