The top-ten teams on a scheduled cut-off date will qualify directly, and four more teams will be added to the main draw after a qualifier
The top-ten teams on a scheduled cut-off date will qualify directly for the 2027 men’s ODI World Cup, and four more teams will be added to the main draw after a global qualifier. This new qualification pathway for the 14th edition of the ODI World Cup has been approved by the ICC Board and will replace the existing points system based on the ODI Super League standings, which will be used for the 2023 World Cup.
For the 2023 edition, which will be a ten-team event, nine qualifiers, excluding hosts India, are going to be determined by the rankings based on the 13-team ODI Super League, featuring 12 Full Members and Netherlands, with each team playing eight ODI series – four home and four away. However, with the expansion to 14 teams from the 2027 edition, the ICC has had to change the qualification process.
The ICC Board, which met on Tuesday, also approved the appointment of BCCI president Sourav Ganguly as the new chair of the ICC men’s cricket committee. Ganguly will replace his former India team-mate Anil Kumble, who has been at the position for the maximum tenure of three terms – nine years in total – at the influential ICC panel.
“I am delighted to welcome Sourav to the position of Chair of the ICC Men’s Cricket Committee,” ICC chairman Greg Barclay said in a statement. “His experience as one of the world’s best players and latterly as an administrator will help us shape our cricketing decisions moving forward.
“I would also like to thank Anil for his outstanding leadership over the last nine years which has included improving the international game through more regular and consistent application of DRS and a robust process for addressing suspect bowling actions.”
While Ganguly, who also sits on the ICC Board, occupying two positions might be perceived as a conflict of interest, the ICC constitution has no clause that prohibits a cricket board chief/member to also be the head of an ICC cricket committee. Ganguly has previously been part of various global committees, even heading the BCCI technical committee while being on the MCC’s world cricket committee.