The selection process for the ICC ODI World Cup is going back to the old rules. In the cycle of 2026, the rules of World Cup Super League are no more. As a result, the teams will have the opportunity to play in the World Cup through the global qualifying round with the ranking-based selection.
From 2026, 14 teams will play in ODI World Cup. The ICC said in a press release today that the board had accepted the advice of the chief executive committee. The teams in the top ten of the rankings will have a direct chance at the World Cup at a given time. The rest of the teams will be decided through the global qualifiers. ‘
There were only 10 teams in the 2019 World Cup. The teams in the top eight also got a chance at a certain point in the service rankings. The other two teams have to come through a tournament called World Cup qualifiers. However, the rules of the 10-team World Cup have been criticized ever since, especially since the ICC’s associate members have expressed distrust in the rules from the beginning. From 2026, the number of teams will increase again.
The World Cup of 10 teams was held in 2019, next time the number of teams will remain the same
The 10-team World Cup was held in 2019, next time the number of teams will be the same: Reuters
Of course, the next World Cup will be for 10 teams. The ICC has changed the selection process for the 2023 World Cup in India. In a new process called the World Cup Super League, teams have a fixed number of points in the bilateral series. At the end of the league, host India and the top seven teams will play directly in the World Cup. The other two teams will play in the qualifying tournament.
Despite announcing the abolition of the World Cup Super League, the ICC has kept the rules of the Test Championship the same. Nine teams will also play in the next round. At the end of the two-year cycle, the top two teams will play in the final. New Zealand defeated India in the final of the first Test Championship in 2021 to win the title. The point system of the Test Championship was initially changed after several series were suspended due to coronavirus conditions.
Today, the ICC also announced the change in the post of chairman of the cricket committee. Former India captain Anil Kumble has been forced to step down after serving three terms of three years. He has been replaced by another Indian – current BCCI chairman and former captain Sourav Ganguly.
At the end of the ICC meeting came the decision to change the structure of girls cricket. Girls ‘cricket is being categorized as first-class and List’ A ‘cricket as well as boys’. Earlier, there was no recognition of domestic cricket for girls. The ICC has also formed a separate cricket committee for girls. Johnny Grave, chief executive of Cricket West Indies, has been appointed to the committee.