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International Cricket Council launches Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League

England celebrate winning the world cup with the trophy
England celebrate winning the world cup with the trophy
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The International Cricket Council has today, Monday 27 July 2020, officially launched the inaugural ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League. Getting underway on 30th July 2020 in Southampton, the Super League will begin with a 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.

Commenting on the launch, Geoff Allardice, ICC General Manager - Cricket Operations said, “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 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.”

“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.”

Eoin Morgan, Captain England 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 to 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.

“I’m sure cricket fans all over the world will be excited to see white-ball cricket resume and we’re looking forward to the challenge.


“Ireland are a talented team who have shown over the years that they can beat the best on their day. We look forward to what promises to be an interesting series.”

Andrew Balbirnie, Captain Ireland 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.”

“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.”

Further updates on the Super League and its fixtures will be shared in due course, after a discussion with ICC Member Boards.

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What is the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League?

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.

Which teams are participating in the championship?

This is a 13-team tournament featuring all 12 ICC Full Members and the Netherlands, who qualified by winning the 2015–17 ICC World Cricket League Championship featuring Associate Members.

Why has the Super League been introduced?

The Super League adds context to the ODIs played between World Cups. The qualification for the World Cup is the incentive for teams to be at their best.

Why is the Super League starting now, and what is the way forward?

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. Further updates on the Super League and its fixtures will be shared in due course, after a discussion with Member Boards.

What is the format of the Super League?

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.

Who from the Super League will qualify for the 2023 World Cup?

Hosts India and the next seven highest placed teams will qualify automatically for the 2023 World Cup.

If a team doesn’t finish in the top seven does it mean they don’t qualify for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023?

The five sides failing to qualify directly will play along with five Associate sides in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023, with two teams from the Qualifier making it to the 10-team World Cup in India.

What is the points system?

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.

Is there a knockout phase of the Super League?

No. A knockout phase is not required because only the top seven apart from India need to be determined from the League Table.

Is the ICC organising the Super League?

No. This is an arrangement of bilateral series for which a points system has been worked out after a discussion with Members.

Are all ODI matches part of the Super League?

No. Only the matches identified as part of it will count towards the championship.

What about the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings?

The rankings will continue since it includes teams outside of these 13 participating teams. The points table of this championship is independent of the team rankings.

Who has the broadcast rights for the Super League?

The broadcast rights are with Member Boards and revenues shared as per their respective agreements.