The ICC Super League will commence in 2022 with three one-day internationals between Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka, with Sri Lanka hosting the series. The three games will be contested at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy on January 16, 18, and 21, and will be day-night events.

With two victories from nine games, Zimbabwe is currently at the bottom of the Super League table, while Sri Lanka is sixth in the 13-team league with four wins from 15 games. The Super League is a route to the 2023 ODI World Cup, with the top eight teams qualifying outright and the remaining five teams competing in a qualifying event alongside five Associate teams. From that tournament, two teams will advance to the World Cup. India has automatically qualified for the 2023 World Cup as a result of hosting the tournament, thereby turning the Super League into a competition for the remaining seven berths.

Zimbabwe and the Netherlands are level on 25 points, but have played five less matches. “Every game is very essential for us since Super League games will determine who can qualify automatically,” Zimbabwe head coach Lalchand Rajput remarked. “Considering that we have got good game time playing the Pro50 tournament [Zimbabwe’s local List A competition], I am a very confident person and always think that we can win against Sri Lanka.”

Zimbabwe’s last ODI in the Super League came in September, as part of a three-match series against Ireland that finished in a 1-1 draw. The sides split points in the second ODI, which was rained out. Sri Lanka last competed in the Super League in September, winning a home series against South Africa 2-1.

“We haven’t had a great start to the Super League,” Rajput said, “but I am optimistic that with the players in form from the Pro50 matches, we will do well against Sri Lanka.” “We have a good chance of qualifying directly if we play our best cricket and to our ability with our finest players.”