ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Super League officially launched

The ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Super League was officially launched on Monday 27 June 2020.

On 30 July 2020, the Cricket World Cup Super League gets underway with the ODI between England and Ireland which will be played at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.

ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Super League launched

Introduced to bring context to One-Day International (ODI) cricket, the Super League will determine qualification for the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 with the top seven teams automatically booking their spot at the event in India.

Hosts of the 2023 World Cup, India, will compete in the league but their spot at the tournament is already assured as hosts, in the event that they finish in the top seven, the eighth-placed side will also progress to the ODI showpiece.

The new ODI league will feature 13 teams, including the 12 ICC Full Members and the Netherlands, who qualified by winning the associate member tournament, the ICC World Cricket Super League in the 2015-17 cycle. 

ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Super League format

The ICC Cricket World Super League will see each side play four home and four away three-match ODI series.

The series is intended to increase the amount of ODI cricket played by the likes of Ireland, Afghanistan and bring the top associate nations into the fold starting with the Netherlands.

"We are delighted to get the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Super League underway with World Cup winners England against Ireland," the ICC's General Manager of Cricket Operations Geoff Allardice 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 [the pandemic] and preserve the integrity of the qualification process, meaning it will be decided on the field of play, which is important."

Morgan eager to get back on the park

Reigning World Champions England kick off the league with a contest against Ireland.

The significance of the series was not lost on England captain and former Ireland international Eoin Morgan.

"We're looking forward to playing cricket again and to the ICC Men's World Cup Super League," Morgan said. 
"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.
"I'm sure cricket fans all over the world will be excited to see white-ball cricket resume and we're looking forward to the challenge.
"Ireland are a talented team who have shown over the years that they can beat the best on their day. We look forward to what promises to be an interesting series."

Ireland to take it to England

Irish skipper Andrew Balbirnie said his team were relishing competing in a league with cricket's elite and were looking forward to taking on the world champions.

"It's a privilege to be playing in the inaugural series of the ICC Men's World Cup Super League," Balbirnie 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.
"I look forward to the Irish side putting on a good performance in the upcoming series as we start our campaign for World Cup qualification."

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