The International Cricket Council (ICC) had introduced a new ICC Men’s Cricket World Super League. The apex body announced that the tournament will start on July 30 and also serve as the qualification criteria for the 2023 World Cup.
England and Ireland played the inaugural series of the league as they were involved in a three-match ODI series at the Rose Bowl.
A total of 13 teams are participating in the league with a motive to qualify for the 2023 World Cup to be held in India. The matches will take place for the next two years and it will also enhance the popularity of the bilateral 50-over series.
The Netherlands is the latest member among the 13 participants after they earned their place after winning ICC World Cricket League Championship in 2017.
Rules of CWC Super League are as follows:
- Every team will play three ODI matches with at least eight other teams, implying each team will play 24 matches for the qualification.
- Each team will get to play four series at home while other four as away series.
- The team gets 10 points for every win and five points in case of a tie/ no result or abandoned match.
- The third umpire will call for all the front-foot no balls and can also charge the teams in case of slow-over rate.
- Teams may play a bilateral series against the same opponent they have faced in the CWC Super League but that won’t be counted within the league. They can also play four-five match series, but only the results of the three-match series will be taken into consideration.
- All the matches regardless of the CWC Super League will be counted under MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings.
The CWC Super League was slated to begin on May 1, 2020, and end on March 31, 2022, but the ICC pushed it to July 31 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.