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Why South Africa-India Series Is Not A Part Of The ODI Super League?

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The ongoing three-match ODI series between India and South Africa that kicked off on January 19 (Wednesday) is not part of the ODI Super League, which is the qualification process for the ICC ODI World Cup 2023.

Meanwhile, according to the ICC, not all ODI series is part of the ODI Super League. Only pre-decided series are. According to the ICC:

“If teams play three series, all do not count towards that. In some cases, they may play four or five matches in a series, but only three pre-decided matches will count for the Super League points.”

On the other hand, India’s next ODI assignment against West Indies is a part of the ODI Super League. But the three ODI against England at their den later this year is not a part of the ODI Super League as India and England have already completed their engagement in March last year in Pune.

“Each team plays three ODIs against eight other teams. Four of these are home series and four are away series. This means each team plays a total of 24 ODIs.” Ten points are added for each win and five for a tie/no result/abandoned match,” ICC stated when asked about the format. 

India have already played nine games, including against Australia (played in November 2020) and Sri Lanka (in July 2021), and are in the seventh position with 49 points. As per the pre-decided schedule, the abandoned series against South Africa last March was a Super League fixture. It will be replayed next year. India’s other fixtures are against Afghanistan (at home), Zimbabwe and New Zealand (both away).

However, the point don’t matter in the case of India as being the hosts of the 2023 World Cup, they will qualify for the World Cup automatically.

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