The postponement of World Cup 2020, brought disappointment for cricket lovers however ICC has a good news for all! On Monday ICC has announced One Day Super League starting from July 30 in Southampton which will act as a bridge which the teams have to cross in order to qualify themselves for the ICC World Cup 2023.
The One Day Super League will begin from this Thursday i.e. 30th July & the first match is between last year champion’s England & Ireland in Southampton. It will be an inaugural match of the 13 nation league with India who will host 2023 World Cup & the other seven highest ICC ranked teams being automatically qualified for the 2023 World Cup. The ICC’s twelve full Members & the Netherlands will take part in the league with each teams playing four home & four away three-match series.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic the 50 over World Cup along with other tournaments have been pushed back. The Super league was scheduled to start earlier but has been delayed due to COVID-19. The ICC said that it was working along with national boards to fix dates for the series in the New Super League which is to be scheduled with full safety & security.
Talking about the One Day Super League the ICC General Manager Geoff Allardice said, “The decision last week to move the (50-over) 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”.
This league will make the Qualifying process will increase the excitement among the fans who wants their team to become the part of the much awaited 2023 World Cup. Under the previous Qualifying system for Last Year’s World Cup which was hosted by England the top eight teams in the ICC rankings were joined by the top two teams from this qualifying tournament which in all constituted a 10 team event.
Eoin Morgan, the Captain of England is very much eager to play this qualifier One day League & 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.”
Whereas Ireland’s Captain Andrew Balbirnie open-heartily accepts this huge challenge & said, “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.”
Further Allardice said, “This league will bring more 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 will be definitely watched by the cricket fans as the ODI cricket will be played after months & no matter what this sight won’t be missed by the fans at any cost!”