The ICC (International Cricket Council) on Monday launched Men’s ODI World Cup Super League, a pathway to get qualify for ICC ODI World Cup 2023.
In ODI Super League, the hosting nation India and the top 7 teams in the points table will automatically qualify for World Cup 2023.
ICC GM Operation Geoff Allardice said “The league will bring relevance and context to ODI cricket over the next three years, as qualification for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 is at stake”.
The Super League is set to start with Ireland taking on mighty England in a 3 match ODI series, beginning from July 30 at Southampton. However the next fixtures are still not revealed. The league will take place featuring 12 ICC Full members (India, England, New Zealand, Australia,South Africa Pakistan, West Indies, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Ireland, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka) and Netherland. Each side will play 4 home and 4 away 3 match ODI series.
The winning team will be rewarded with 10 points while in case of tie/abandoned or no result, both the teams will be rewarded 5 points. India being the host nation will directly qualify for the World Cup, while the next top 7 teams in the table will fight to mark their entry in the World Cup.
The five sides which fail to make a direct qualification will play against the 5 associate sides in qualifier 2023, thereby top 2 teams making their entry in 2023 World Cup.
With no hope of crowd during the matches at least till 2021, it becomes a necessity for the Boards and ICC to generate revenue in different ways. ICC and respective boards are working towards the same goal, to catch the eyeballs of the fans and making the game more competitive and interesting. With fast & furious games in form of T20, it was witnessed that the ODI cricket was loosing out. The ODI Super League is bound to connect the fans back again with ODI cricket.
The Covid-19 pandemic has hit the Sports Industry quite hard. With no certainty about the future and how the dynamics of the game will change, ICC is trying to cash in the money from the Broadcaster for its survival.
“The start of the Super League was delayed due to COVID-19. As part of our contingency planning, we continue to work with Members to find windows where the rescheduled qualifying series can be safely and practically rescheduled,”