Cricket World Cup Super League will be the inaugural edition
of the One Day International (ODI) league, as confirmed by ICC.
The forthcoming ODI series between England and Ireland,
beginning on July 30, will officially kick-start the Cricket World Cup Super
League, the International Cricket Council confirmed on Monday.
It will feature thirteen teams, the twelve Full members of
the International Cricket Council (ICC), and the Netherlands, who won the
2015–17 ICC World Cricket League Championship to qualify for this competition
The World Cup Super League, announced first in June 2018,
was introduced alongside the Test Championship to provide context to ODI
cricket by acting as a qualification pathway to determine participants for the
2023 Men's World Cup in India.
Thirteen teams, including Netherlands who won the ICC World
Cricket League 2015-17, will feature in the Super League with the top seven
teams, besides hosts India, securing direct qualification to the 2023 World
Over the course of the league, each team will play four
series at home and four away, with teams awarded 10 points for a win and 5 for
no result or Tie. All Super League assignments will be three-match series
although teams will be free to schedule additional games, results of which will
not be considered for league points.
The five bottom sides from the league will fight for the
final two spots of the 10-team showpiece event at the ICC Cricket World Cup
Qualifier, where there'll be joined by Associate countries that have progressed
from the Cricket World Cup League 2 as well as the two Cricket World Cup
Challenge Leagues via the Qualifier Playoff.
The World Cup Super League was originally scheduled to begin
in May 2020 and run until March 2022 before the Coronavirus pandemic pushed
back the start date to July 30.
The Cricket World Cup League 2 series due to be hosted in
Namibia in September and also involving Papua New Guinea and the United States
has been postponed and will be rescheduled.