| July 29, 2020, 6:16 PM IST
The ICC World Cup Super League, which will begin with the ODI series between England and Ireland in Southampton on 30 July 2020, is the pathway to the next Cricket World Cup scheduled for India in October-November 2023.
The Netherlands and all the 12 Full members of the ICC will be part of this 156-game extravaganza which is meant to not only act as a qualifier for 2023 but also to help revive the ODI format.
Hosts India and the next seven highest-placed teams will qualify automatically for the 2023 World Cup. The rest of the five nations will play along with five Associate sides in the Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023, with two teams from the Qualifier making it to the 10-team World Cup in India.
The Super League was introduced to bring context to bilateral ODIs, which has seen troubled times since the rise of T20 cricket. The Super League features 13 teams - 12 full members of the ICC and Netherlands.
The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League, which gets underway with the ODI series between England and Ireland in Southampton on 30 July 2020, is the pathway to the next Men’s Cricket World Cup scheduled for India in October-November 2023.
Each team plays a series of three ODI matches against eight of the 12 other teams, thus figuring in 24 matches each in the championship. Teams play four series at home and four away, ensuring a variety of oppositions, venues and equal home advantage.
The start of the Super League was delayed due to Covid-19.
Each team gets 10 points for a win, five for a tie/no result/abandonment and none for a loss. Teams will be ranked according to total points earned across the eight series. There are criteria in place to separate two or more teams on equal points.