The league is a qualifier for the 2023 World Cup in India. The aim is to make the 50-over format more relevant. The ICC said in a press release that hosts India and the next seven teams topping the Super League will directly qualify for the World Cup.
The Super League will begin with a series between world champions England and Ireland. The ODI series between the two countries will be played in Southampton from 30 July. The rest of the program will be announced later. “This league will make ODI cricket meaningful and relevant in the next three years, as the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 qualification is at stake,” said ICC Operations General Manager Geoff Allardyce.
T20 cricket is thriving while Test cricket is the highest challenge. As such, former players like Ricky Ponting have questioned the relevance of ODIs. 13 teams will participate in the Super League which includes 12 full members of the ICC and the Netherlands. Netherlands won the World Cricket Super League 2015-17 and made it to the Super League. Each team in the Super League will play four series of three matches at home and four overseas.