Netherlands players get Central Contracts ahead of ICC ODI League from 2020-2022 - Image by Sander Tholen/Koninklijke Nederlandse Cricket Bond @KNCBcricket (Twitter)

The opportunity doesn’t come by easy these days for an ICC Associate member to qualify to play in ICC Cricket World Cup. The 2019 edition will be a prime example when for the first time after the 1996 World Cup, no Associate member will be part of the tournament. What more so, is that the story of 10 nations playing the next edition of the World Cup in 2023 is more likely to remain the same. So, when the opportunity does arrive to secure a place directly in the main draw, it needs to be grasped by both hands. from 2020-2022, that’s the sole purpose for Netherlands to achieve, when they take part in the 13-nation ODI league commencing from May 2020, which will be known as Cricket World Cup Super League.

The Super league, featuring the game’s top 13 limited-overs nations, will be running for two years leading into the 2023 World Cup, before converting to a three-year league in each cycle beyond that. Each competing team will play in eight series over that time, each one being played over three matches. In total, every member in the Super League (12 Full members + Netherlands) will play 24 ODI matches, which will be a direct pathway for 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup qualification.

Top 8 team’s at the end of the Super League will qualify directly for 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup, while the bottom 5 team’s will be relegated to 2022 ICC World Cup Qualifiers, where they will be joined by top 3 team’s from ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 and top 2 team’s from 2022 ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers play-off tournament.

Netherlands qualified on virtue of being the 2015-2017 ICC World Cricket League Championship winners and became the 13th entrant into the league. And if they somehow manage to finish within top 8 at the end of the Super League, their dreams of playing the World Cup will have bear it’s fruits. As part of the Super League, Netherlands will also get to host the likes of Pakistan, West Indies, England and Ireland at home for their 3-match series, which will be hugely beneficial for the growth of the game among the locals.

As per the FTP scheduling, here are the series Netherlands will play against to try and qualify directly for 2023 ICC World Cup in India by finishing in top 8 in the ODI League:

FY2020-2021 (All series will constitute minimum 3 ODI’s, which will count towards qualification points system): Netherlands vs Pakistan (Home), Netherlands vs West Indies (Home), Netherlands vs Zimbabwe (Away), Netherlands vs South Africa (Away)

FY2021-2022 ((All series will constitute minimum 3 ODI’s, which will count towards qualification points system): Netherlands vs England (Home), Netherlands vs Ireland (Home), Netherlands vs Afghanistan (Away), Netherlands vs New Zealand (Away)

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