BIRMINGHAM: A new one-day international Super League to determine qualification for the 50-over World Cup in 2023 will launch this week, the International Cricket Council announced.
Thursday’s one-day international between world champions England and Ireland in Southampton will be the inaugural match of the 13-nation league, with World Cup hosts India and the next seven highest-placed teams automatically qualifying for the 2023 edition.
The ICC’s 12 full members and the Netherlands will take part with each side playing four home and four away three-match series.
The coronavirus pandemic has caused havoc with the cricket calendar with the 50-over and T20 World Cups pushed back. The start of the Super League was also delayed due to Covid-19.
The ICC said it was working with national boards to find dates for series in the new Super League to be “safely and practically rescheduled.”