ICC Super League to start with a match between England and Ireland
On Monday, the International Cricket Council (ICC) officially announced the launch the ODI Super League. The super league will start with a series between the world champions England and Ireland on 30th July.
The top seven teams from the Super League will automatically qualify for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023. Which will be held in India.
“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. The preserve the integrity of the qualification process. Meaning it will be decided on the field of play, which is important,” ICC’s GM Operation Geoff Allardice said.
With T20 cricket thriving and Tests being the ultimate challenge for cricketers. Many players like Ricky Ponting have questioned the importance and relevance of ODIs. This has led to the launch of ICC Super League. No Knock-out matches will be needed as the league standings will determine the qualifying teams for the World Cup.
“The league will bring relevance and context to ODI cricket over the next three years, as the qualification for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 is at stake,” Allardice said.
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 from 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.”
Andrew Balbirnie, 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 but we have prepared well and have taken confidence from our form over the early months of 2020.”