BCB cautious with WC Super League

Sports Correspondent

29 July, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh need to make sure that they don’t fail to grab the opportunity to avoid embarrassment regarding qualifying in the Cricket World Cup Super League, said chief selector Minhajul Abedin on Nannu Tuesday.

The International Cricket Council confirmed on July 27 that the forthcoming ODI series between England and Ireland, beginning on July 30, will officially kick-start the Cricket World Cup Super League.

The World Cup Super League, announced first in June 2018, was introduced alongside the Test Championship to provide context to ODI cricket by acting as a qualification pathway to determine participants for the 2023 Men’s World Cup in India.

Thirteen teams, including Netherlands who won the ICC World Cricket League 2015-17, will feature in the Super League with the top seven teams, besides hosts India, securing direct qualification to the 2023 World Cup.

Over the course of the league, each team will play four series at home and four away, with teams awarded 10 points for a win and 5 for no result or Tie. All Super League assignments will be three-match series although teams will be free to schedule additional games, results of which will not be considered for league points.

The five bottom sides from the league will fight for the final two spots of the 10-team showpiece event at the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier, where there’ll be joined by Associate countries that have progressed from the Cricket World Cup League 2 as well as the two Cricket World Cup Challenge Leagues via the Qualifier Play-off.

“It is not completely new because in the last World Cup; West Indies and Afghanistan secured their place in the global by playing in the qualifying round,” Minhajul told daily sun on Tuesday.

“We need to make sure that we grab all our chances in the coming ODI series because if we fail to do that we might be in trouble,” he said.

“Ranking wise we are among the top eight ODI nations but that does not imply our place is secured and so every game is important to us in the coming days,” he said.

“We will begin cricket after nearly a four-month break due to the corona pandemic and at the moment our main priority is to make sure boys regain their form and fitness at the earliest point of time,” he said.

“Look, we won’t be playing with a higher-ranked team in the coming days and for us, the gate away for the World Cup without playing the qualifier is by getting few points against higher-ranked team while we need to make sure that we don’t lose any points against lower-ranked side because that might hurt us badly in the long run,” said Minhajul.