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ICC launches World Cup Super League

England celebrate winning the 2019 Cricket World Cup (by Tom Jenkins/Getty Images)

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has furthered its efforts to ensure greater context for international games held outside its major events by announcing that a men’s World Cup Super League will launch this week.

Getting underway on July 30 at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, UK, 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 also determine qualification for the 2023 World Cup, with the top seven teams automatically booking their place at the event in India.

Featuring 13 teams – the 12 ICC full members plus the Netherlands,  who qualified by winning the World Cricket Super League 2015-17 – the Super League will see each side play four home and four away three match series.

The launch for the ODI format comes after the ICC introduced the inaugural World Test Championship in August 2019. For the Super League, each team will receive 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.

Geoff Allardice, ICC general manager of cricket operations, said: “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.”

The broadcast rights for the series played within the Super League are with member boards and revenues shared as per their respective agreements.