The International Cricket Council (ICC) has denounced to hold the inaugural Men’s Cricket World Cup League. The league is going to start on 30th July when England and Ireland will feature in the match at Southampton.
Recently, Pakistan was to play against the Netherlands but the series got called off amidst the pandemic. The matches between the two sides were supposed to be the one of the matches of the World Cup league.
The league will consider twelve teams along with the Netherlands. However, the top-seven teams will automatically be added up for the World Cup 2023 in India.
ICC begins inaugural Cricket World Cup league
Commenting on the launch, Geoff Allardice, ICC General Manager – Cricket Operations, said,
“We are delighted to get the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League underway with World Cup winners England against Ireland.
“The league will bring relevance and context to ODI cricket over the next three years, as the 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.”
Eoin Morgan, England captain, said:
“We’re looking forward to playing cricket again and to the ICC Men’s World Cup Super League. Given the situation, it will be quite different from 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 is a talented team that has shown over the years that they can beat the best on their day. We look forward to what promises to be an interesting series.”
Andrew Balbirnie, Ireland captain, said:
“It’s a privilege to be playing in the inaugural series of the ICC Men’s World Cup Super League. 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.”
The statements have been copied from the International Cricket Council (ICC)