The International Cricket Council has this morning, officially launched the inaugural ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League.
The Super League gets underway on 30th July 2020 in Southampton, with the three-match series between world champions England and Ireland.
Introduced to bring context to One Day International (ODI) cricket, the Super League will determine qualification for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 with the top seven teams automatically booking their spot at the event in India.
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, ICC General Manager – Cricket Operations.
“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 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.”
“It’s a privilege to be playing in the inaugural series of the ICC Men’s World Cup Super League,” said Ireland captain Andrew Balbirnie.
“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.”
“What is important is that we are getting back on the field. I hope international cricket’s return is steady during these challenging times.”
“I look forward to the Irish side putting on a good performance in the upcoming series as we start our campaign for World Cup qualification.”