The ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 is around the corner. The mega event will take place in India in October-November. Seven teams in India, Australia, Afghanistan, New Zealand, Pakistan, England and Bangladesh have earned a direct spot in the tournament due to their performance in the ICC ODI Super League and we are now awaiting for the last one team, which will be one between South Africa or Ireland. The remaining five teams of the ODI Super League will play and qualifier round along with associate nations to book their berth for the marquee tournament.
Here is the 2023 ODI World Cup Qualification scenario for South Africa
The one vacant space for the direct qualification into the 2023 ODI World Cup has kept fans of both Ireland and South Africa on their toes. The last series of the ODI Super League is currently taking place between Ireland and Bangladesh.
The result of the series will tells who advances to the World Cup. If we talk about South Africa, they are placed 8th on the table with 98 points along with -0.077 NRR. For them to qualify they would be backing Bangladesh to beat Ireland.
If Bangladesh beats Ireland in the three-match ODI series, South Africa will advance to the World Cup with direct qualification. They have a great NRR as well even if Ireland win a few games, the proteas can still manage to qualify.
Notably, Bangladesh defeated Ireland 2-0 in a three-match ODI series in March and South Africa would be hoping for the same result this time around. The series between Ireland and Bangladesh kick starts on Tuesday (9th May).
Here is the 2023 ODI World Cup Qualification scenario for Ireland
Ireland also has a great chance to qualify directly for the World Cup. They are currently 11th on the table with 68 points and an NRR of -0.382. For them to ensure direct qualification into the World Cup, they need to whitewash Bangladesh in the three-match series.
The three wins in three games will take them to 98 points but they also need to ensure that they win games by some margin as NRR might come into play if they managed to win all three games.