Teams must finish in the top eight of the current ICC One-Day International Super League points table to be qualified for the 2023 World Cup. On the other hand, India will automatically qualify for the World Cup as the host nation. In that case, Bangladesh must ensure its place among the other seven nations in order to advance to the World Cup’s main event. Each country will do its best to compete in the league. As a result, every ODI Super League match is crucial. This article has discussed how can Bangladesh directly qualify for the world cup 2023?
The ICC ODI Super League format for direct qualification
Twelve Test playing nations: Bangladesh, England, Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, West Indies, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Ireland, tournament host India, and associate nation Netherlands are taking part in the ICC ODI super league.
The top eight teams in the standings at the end of the league will automatically qualify for the 2023 World Cup. For the final two slots, the remaining five teams will compete in another qualification round. Five additional teams from associate nations will also be part of that tournament.
The ODI Super League tournament will finish at the end of 2022 due to COVID-19 pandemic. Over the course of the tournament, each team will participate in eight bilateral series, four at home and four away. Every series consists of three one-day international matches, which means each team will play a total of 24 ODIs.
Each match will be worth a total of ten points and the winning team will get all the points. In addition, all teams will be awarded 5 points if the tie/match is abandoned. If two or more teams have the same number of points, the net run rate will be used. If still equal, the better-ranked team will be placed higher as per the ICC’s ODI rankings on July 1, 2020.
How Bangladesh can secure direct qualification in the World Cup 2023
Bangladesh’s ODI Super League fixture
Bangladesh are a strong one-day international team that can beat any team in the world on any given day. The opponent’s capabilities should not be overlooked as every team will give their all in order to qualify for the World Cup 2023.
Windies (Jan, 2021) Bangladesh win (3-0)
Sri Lanka (May, 2020)
England (Oct, 2021
Afghanistan (Feb, 2022)
Ireland (postponed) to be confirmed
New Zealand (Feb, 2021) New Zealand win (3-0)
Zimbabwe (June, 2021)
South Africa (March, 2022)
Bangladesh’s main focus should be to score 150 points from the ODI super league in order to finish the top eight in the points table. Team tigers’ target should be to win the home series against the West Indies, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan and collect as many points as possible. They also have to secure the away series against Ireland and Zimbabwe.
Bangladesh will definitely retain their current ODI rankings should they win these five ODI super league series.
Thankfully, Bangladesh already whitewashed the Windies at home and gained 30 valuable points. But team tigers’ failed to collect a point in New Zealand after losing all three matches against the Blackcaps.
Bangladesh will finish inside the top eight in the ODI super league points table if they score at least 100 out of 120 points in the series against Sri Lanka, Ireland, Zimbabwe, and Afghanistan.
ICC ODI Super League Points Table (As of March 30, 2021)
Bangladesh need not be concerned about the ODI Super League’s final outcome because they should comfortably finish in the top eight in the points table. Rather, BCB should concentrate on developing a Bangladesh ODI squad in preparation for the World Cup 2023.
Source: United News of Bangladesh