The Covid19 has completely derailed the cricket world. As reported by InsideSport repeatedly, the cricket world is looking at huge commercial pain and scheduling nightmare. Now InsideSport.co has reliably learnt that the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) new initiative, the ODI League, is set to be scrapped.
The ICC ODI league was scheduled to begin from May this year. The ODI Super League was billed as a qualification pathway for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. The world cricket is in doldrums and series after series, international cricket either is getting cancelled or postponed. This has made the ICC ODI League complete non-starter. According to the information with InsideSport, the global body of cricket is also under pressure from various cricket boards including BCCI, who was not in favor of the league. InsideSport is gathering from its sources that ICC will soon make official announcement of cancellation of the league.
“The proposed league to us never made any sense. Under the current circumstances when cricket is getting cancelled all over it will be prudent on behalf of ICC to cancel the ODI league as well as other new tournaments which they have proposed for the new ICC cycle” said, one of the high placed BCCI official who has represented BCCI in ICC meetings in past.
ICC ODI League Format and workings
– The ICC ODI league was scheduled to start from May 2020 and was slated to conclude ahead of 2023 ODI World Cup in India
– The league was billed as 13 team affair, 12 Test playing nations + the Netherlands who were handed ODI status as they won the ICC World Cricket League.
– The ICC ODI league would have acted as qualification pathway for the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2023.
– ICC had decided that each of the competing side will play in eight series over a period of two years against mutually agreed opponents on a home and away basis
– 7 top ranked teams in the point table would have got direct entry into the 2023 World Cup. India made the grade automatically as host of ICC World Cup 2023.
– 5 remaining spots would have been decided through the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers.
“Under the current circumstances, It is impossible to complete the entire cycle before 2023 World Cup and to us the entire exercise is meaningless”, said the source to InsideSport.
The ICC has scheduled teleconference with the CEO’S of the member boards on Thursday. Other than scrapping the ICC ODI league, discussion will also be initiated on the existence of inaugural World Test Championships, Bilateral Series Schedules for future and most importantly the fate of T20 World Cup.