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The International Cricket Council (ICC), on Monday (July 27), officially launched the inaugural edition of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League. The Super League will get underway on 30 July 2020 in Southampton when England and Ireland lock horns in an ODI series.

Just like the ongoing ICC Test Championship, the Super League has been started by the ICC to bring context to 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.

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England won the last 50-over World Cup (Credits: Twitter)

So as the Super League gets underway this week, here is all you need to know about it:

The Super League will feature 13 teams, the 12 ICC Full Members and the Netherlands, who qualified by winning the ICC World Cricket Super League 2015-17.

Here is a list of the teams who will play in the Super League (team names are in alphabetical order)

Afghanistan
Australia
Bangladesh
England
India
Ireland
Netherlands
New Zealand
Pakistan
South Africa
Sri Lanka
West Indies
Zimbabwe

The league will see each side play four home and four away three match series. For the World Cup, the hosts (India), and the top seven sides thereafter, will qualify automatically.

The remaining five teams from the Super League will play in a qualifying event along with five Associate teams. The top two teams from the qualifying event will then go on to play the World Cup.

The top twelve teams in this Super League will qualify for the next Cricket World Cup Super League. The 13th ranked team in this Super League could be relegated to the next Cricket World Cup League 2.

Of the 13th ranked team in this Super League and the champions of the 2019–22 ICC Cricket World Cup League 2, whichever of these two teams is ranked higher in the 2022 Cricket World Cup Qualifier will take the 13th spot in the next Super League while the team ranked lower will play in the next League 2.

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