Understanding the 2020-22 ICC Men’s ODI Super League

ICC finally announced the much-awaited 2020-22 Men’s ODI Super League which holds much importance to the national teams as this league will act as the qualification process for the 2023 World Cup going to take place in India. Let’s dive straight into it.

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The 2020-22 ODI Super League will feature 12 full members of the ICC- India, Australia, New Zealand, England, South Africa, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, and Ireland and it will also feature Netherlands as the 13th member on the criteria that Netherlands won the 2015-17 ICC World Cricket League Championship (defeated Namibia by 5 wickets in the final). The point to be noted is that India being the hosts of the 2023 World Cup, automatically qualifies for the 2023 World Cup.

Trivia? Netherlands winning the World Cricket League Championship was one of the four nominees in the ICC Fans’ Moment Of The Year 2017.

Coming back, each team will play against eight opponents and like the Test Championship where teams don’t play 2 opponents, here each team won’t play against 4 opponents. Each team will play four series at home and four away and each series will have 3 ODI matches. Here is the list of the 4 opponents each team won’t face:-

  • India:- Bangladesh, Ireland, Netherlands, Pakistan
  • Australia:- Bangladesh, Ireland, Netherlands, Sri Lanka
  • England:- Afghanistan, New Zealand, West Indies, Zimbabwe
  • New Zealand:- Afghanistan, England, South Africa, Zimbabwe
  • South Africa:- Afghanistan, New Zealand, West Indies, Zimbabwe
  • West Indies:- Afghanistan, England, South Africa, Zimbabwe
  • Sri Lanka:- Australia, Ireland, Netherlands, Pakistan
  • Bangladesh:- Australia, India, Netherlands, Pakistan
  • Pakistan:- Bangladesh, India, Ireland, Sri Lanka
  • Afghanistan:- England, New Zealand, South Africa, West Indies
  • Zimbabwe:- England, New Zealand, South Africa, West Indies
  • Ireland:- Australia, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
  • Netherlands:- Australia, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka
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For each match, 10 points will be awarded for a win, 5 for a tie, no-result or abandonment of a match and 0 for a loss. In the end, the top seven teams (leaving India as they automatically qualify, being the host) qualifies for the 2023 World Cup but the rest five teams will have another chance as they will play in a World Cup Qualifier event with five associate sides but who the five associate sides will be? Well, the five associate sides will be the top 3 teams from League 2, and the top 2 from the ‘Playoff’ (Playoff will be played between the bottom four of League 2 and top 2 of the Challenge League). The top 2 of the World Cup Qualifier event will complete the 10 teams to compete in the 2023 World Cup.

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Interesting changes made is that in the ODI Super League, front-foot no-balls will be called by third umpires and that the teams will be punished by points deduction for slow over rates.

The Super League was scheduled to start on 1 May 2020 but due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was delayed, and now the ODI match between England and Ireland tomorrow, that is on 30th July, will mark the start of the Men’s ODI Super League.


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